Recently, I was talking to a friend about public policy and government. We were discussing problems in Pierre and Washington. She was at a loss as to what to do. She even wondered if there was, in fact, anything that a person could do.

There are two very effective ways that a citizen can effect government. By voting and by contacting your representatives.

A simple email and/or a phone call to the people that represent us South Dakotans in Pierre and Washington D.C. can help immensely.

It doesn't have to be a term paper level correspondence. You don't need to be a Political Science Major either. Just being a citizen writing a quick message is enough.

Are there proposed laws that you're concerned about? Let them know. Your note may be the first opposition that the legislator has heard. If all our representatives hear is one side of an issue they are missing a lot. They need to hear more of our voices.

Remember, always be polite and to the point.

Here's how to get in contact with the people that are making decisions on our behalf.

In Washington D.C:

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds:
South Dakota Senator John Thune:
South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem:

Senator John Thune
United States Senate SD-511
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2321
Fax: (202) 228-5429
Toll-Free: 1-866-850-3855

Senator Mike Rounds
Hart Senate Office Bldg., Suite 502
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5842
Toll Free: (844) 875-5268
Fax: (202) 224-7482

Congressperson Kristi Noem
2457 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Toll-Free Phone: (855) 225-2801
Phone: (202) 225-2801
Fax: (202) 225-5823

In Pierre:

South Dakota is divided into legislative districts. Each district elects representatives to the legislature in Pierre. If you don't know your district, find it here.

For the contact info for any of the members of the South Dakota Legislature go here. Click on the name and you will find email and phone numbers.

Finally, remember to vote. Vote in national, state and local elections. If you're not registered, DO IT NOW! And if you are registered, make sure your name is still on the boos and everything is updated - All about getting registered in South Dakota.

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