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Public officials are elected by constituents to represent the needs of their communities. MS activists have a responsibility to connect with officials and share how MS has impacted their lives—communicating their needs. Learn about your elected officials and then work on building your relationship with them. Strong connections drive change. 

Each of us is an activist, facilitating positive change for people affected by MS. As a united MS movement, we want to do something about MS now. Our attitude and commitment should be reflected in everything we communicate — at the federal, state and community levels.

Reaching out to your public officials, visiting their district offices, or just sending a letter can be effective. It's easy and you can influence MS issues and make your voice heard.

Do you have questions about our advocacy program? Contact Claire Mitchell at 512-340-2711 or email claire.mitchell@nmss.org for additional information.

Learn about your elected officials

  • Who are they? Find out who your elected official are.
  • What are their backgrounds? What issues are they passionate about? If you already have personal connections to them, let us know.
  • Are your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators members of the Congressional MS Caucus? By joining the MS Caucus, legislators have shown a commitment to people affected by MS.

Public Officials

NewMexico.gov provides information about current districts and members of the New Mexico Senate, New Mexico House of Representatives, the New Mexico delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and the State Board of Education.

Who represents me?

Who represents me?

Connect and build relationships with your elected officials

  • Be brief and direct if given the opportunity to speak with an elected official : What MS is, how it has impacted you/your family, and how changing a policy would enhance or hinder your quality of life (until we end MS forever).
  • Contact your elected officials to share what is important to you and to ask for their support. Write a letter or email, or call by phone.
  • Harness the power of social media—an increasingly popular and effective way to connect with your elected officials—and become a digital activist
  • Visit your elected officials in person—it is the most effective means to develop a relationship and make an impact. You don’t have to be in Washington, D.C. as all federal legislators have offices in their home states, as do state legislators—of course. If you’re interested in visiting your elected officials, contact the advocacy staff in your area.
  • Attend a town hall meeting or listening session hosted by your Member of Congress in his/her home state or district (usually during Congressional recess). If you’re interested in attending a town hall meeting, call your legislator’s office or visit their website to learn about upcoming meetings that are relevant to issues you’re passionate about. You can also contact the advocacy staff in your area if you need advice on what to say or how best to connect.
  • Stay in touch in order to maintain relationships with your elected officials. Email or call them occasionally to update them on your issues, and thank them when you can.

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