Everyone committed to strengthening public education in North Carolina can get involved! By developing a network of local volunteers across the state, you can play a leadership role and become a strong, effective voice for our public schools. Public Schools First NC is committed to educating North Carolinians from Murphy to Manteo and supporting you and your community in that work.
The information compiled in this packet is a guide to help you advocate for public education. You can find fast facts on teacher compensation and impacts of the state budget; helpful tips for communicating your views; and information on how to contact elected leaders. Click here to download and print the *NEW FOR 2017* guide. In addition, you can view the PTA Advocacy 101 webinar to learn about the National PTA, their policy agenda, and how to advocate for all children.
Legislator Contact Information
Legislators represent you and your community. Knowing who your elected officials are will enable you to reach out and share your ideas and opinions with people who make our state’s laws. The North Carolina General Assembly website has lots of information on your state representative and senator. Each individual member’s page contains contact information, member committee assignments, and member employment information. If you’re not sure who represents you, you can find your legislators on the site.
If you prefer to contact a legislator by phone, you can call 919-733-4111 and request to speak to a member of the General Assembly. Or, you can print a list of all members of the House (or in .xls for searching/sorting) and the Senate (in .xls) including their office assignments, phone numbers, and Twitter handles.
Legislator email address lists
- eMail: NC House Appropriations Committee
- eMail: NC House Appropriations Committee, Education
- eMail: NC House Education – K-12 Committee
- eMail: NC Senate Appropriations Committee on Education/Higher Ed
- eMail: NC Senate Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget
- eMail: NC Senate Education/Higher Education Committee
- All Legislators: InternetE-Mail@ncleg.net
- House Members: HouseEemail@example.com
- Senate Members: SenateEfirstname.lastname@example.org
Congressional Contact Information
The United States Congress is the legislative branch of the federal government with two chambers: the Senate and the House of Representatives. Two senators represent each state, and the number of representatives varies for each state based upon its population. There are 535 voting members: 100 senators and 435 representatives. Additionally, there are 6 non-voting members of the House representing Washington D.C. and U.S. territories.
Senators serve six-year terms with a third of the seats up for election every two years. Members of the House serve two-year terms representing districts — subdivisions of their states that are based on population. Every state has at least one representative. The number of representatives for each state is determined by U.S. Census data. The number of representatives and the boundaries of each district are redistributed based upon population shifts every ten years.
The 115th Congress convened January 3, 2017, and lasts until January 3, 2019. In the Senate, there are 52 Republicans, 46 Democrats, and 2 Independents; the House comprises 240 Republicans and 193 Democrats.
North Carolina has 13 members of the US House of Representatives and, of course, two members of the US Senate. Here is the contact information for all members of NC’s Congressional delegation (in .xls), including our senators, with their areas of representation and district offices.
There are 435 members of the US House. You can find all of their Washington phone numbers and Twitter handles here (in .xls). Finally, here is the same contact information plus websites for the 100 members of the US Senate (in .xls).
Write a Letter to the Editor
One effective way to keep an issue before your community is to write a letter to the editor (LTE) of your local newspaper or blog. You should also send copies of the letter to your elected officials. There are more than 40 newspapers published daily in North Carolina. And there are another 170 weekly publications that will take your letters.
To make it easy for you, we’ve created lists—sorted by county—so you can easily locate your local newspapers.