UTAH LEGISLATIVE HUB
Learn how to follow along and engage with lawmakers working at the Capitol.
What is the State Legislature?
Our state legislative branch consists of a Senate and a House of Representatives, just like in our federal government. These elected representatives are collectively known as our “state legislature.”
In Utah, each resident has one state representative and one state senator. However, our Senate and House districts are different from one another and don’t necessarily coincide with city or county boundaries. Utah is broken down into 29 Senate districts and 75 House districts.
Utah is called a supermajority state because both legislative bodies are comprised of a strong majority of Republicans.
State legislators are part-time politicians who often have a full-time occupation on the side, such as being a doctor or a lawyer.
To become a state legislator, you need to be
- a citizen of the United States
- 25 years or older
- a resident of Utah for at least three consecutive years before filing for office
- a resident of the district for six months
The Legislature meets at the Utah State Capitol
Who Represents Me?
Find your Utah state senator and Utah state representative by visiting the Utah state legislative website.
CONTACT YOUR STATE LAWMAKERS
Read these tips before you hit send!
Every time you contact an elected official, it is an opportunity to build a relationship with them. You may not agree with your legislator, but every elected official is still a person and will respond better to you if you don’t call them names or use offensive language. Remember your goal in reaching out to them in the first place. Approaching reps with civility, respect, and trustworthy information will get you farther faster and will leave the door open for future communications.
- Revise form letters and subject headers or – better yet – write your own letter for FAR greater impact.
- Briefly share your unique perspective on the issue you are reaching out about. Why do you care enough to reach out?
- Don’t forget to add a greeting and to sign your emails and letters, as you would in a business or personal email.
- State legislators are in meetings throughout their long legislative days and are often unable to answer the phone.
- Legislators receive thousands of emails, so be sure to make sure your email gets right to the point, starting in the subject line. An example email subject might be: “Please vote NO on HB 93: Judicial Nomination Amendments.”
- Include any credible data, helpful resources, or personal stories to help make your point.
- Emails can be a couple of sentences or a couple of paragraphs. Any longer, and it likely won’t get read.
You can even include the word “constituent” in your email header, so your elected official knows right away that you live in their district. Include your name and full address with zip code in both written communications and voicemails. Elected officials want to know if they represent you and will often prioritize communication with you if they know they represent you.
How you can PARTICIPATE
The 2021 Legislative session was different than any held before. You will be able to head up to the Capitol to observe and participate, but for the time being there are restrictions and limited seating due to COVID-19.
THE SESSION AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Engage with Better Utah
Alliance for a Better Utah sends out a daily recap email of what’s going on during the session.
Follow the Better Utah Institute
Follow Alliance for a Better Utah
Follow Local Journalists
Explore Local Hashtags
Now that you know who represents you, sign up for their email lists and follow them on the social media channels they post on.