The Tri-County Office on Aging’s (TCOA) mission is to “Promote and Preserve the Independence and dignity of the Aging Population”. We advocate for seniors and persons with disabilities to help assure they can live as independently as possible. We advocate for adequate resources and sound public policy.

Advocacy efforts are made on the national, state and local levels.  TCOA’s membership in the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan (AAAAM) and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) provide timely information on important issues and bills being discussed and voted on in the National and State Legislatures. Through the AAAAM, TCOA participates in efforts to advocate for seniors and persons with disabilities in the Tri-County area.

The TCOA Advisory Council appoints representatives to the Michigan Senior Advocates Council (MSAC).  The MSAC representatives report to the TCOA Advisory Council at their monthly meetings on proposed legislation and issues being addressed. Typical concerns of this group are health care coverage (Medicare & Medicaid), income (Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and pension security), state funding for senior programs, accessible and affordable transportation, elder abuse and public utility costs and regulation. One local senior is a representative to the Aging and Adult Services Agency Advisory Council as well as a staff member of the local Social Security Administration office who is a member of TCOA’s Advisory Council. The local State Advisory Council members attend the State Advisory Council meetings and report back to the TCOA Advisory Council. Members of the TCOA Advisory Council regularly meet with their local legislative representatives and staff members either in downtown Lansing or at special constituent events within the legislative districts.

The Tri-County Aging Consortium Board is kept informed of national and state issues and also expresses their concern or support on issues. Because they are all elected officials or their appointees, these individuals are advocates at their respective unit of government in support of older adults.

An elected official can be contacted in person (call to set up a meeting), by letter, by fax, by phone, or by email.

Tips When Contacting an Elected Official

  1. Introduce yourself and tell where you are from and if you are associated with a group or organization. If it is a letter, fax, or e-mail include your last name and address.
  2. Know what you are talking about but you do not have to be an expert to have an opinion.
  3. If it is a specific bill read it first and any background information you may have.
  4. Be constructive, tell why you feel the way you do, keep it brief, and use your own words. Often a written letter is best.
  5. Prioritize; contact your elected official on issues that concern you the most rather than on every issue.
  6. The legislator may disagree with you and you need to listen to their side of the argument without interruption. Make notes of their reasons.
  7. Don’t demand a commitment, the legislator needs time to look at all sides of the issue.
  8. Time your communication. It is better to provide information when a bill is in committee and changes can be made.
  9. Thank a legislator when you feel they have done a good job. This is important because elected officials may not hear ‘job well done’ very often.
  10. Your view is important; just a few letters concerning an issue can make a big difference. Use your own words.

Letter Writing and Email Composing

Address elected officials properly – Know your legislator’s full name and correct spelling.

U.S. Senator
The Honorable (full name)
United States Senator
Address

Dear Senator (last name):

U.S. Representative
The Honorable (full name)
United State Representative
Address

Dear Congressman/woman (last name):

State Senator
The Honorable (full name)
State Senator
State Capitol
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Dear Senator (last name):

State Representative
The Honorable (full name)
State Representative
State Capitol
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514

Dear Representative (last name):

Sample Letter

SAMPLE LETTER

Your Name
Address

Date

The Honorable
Address

Dear Representative or Senator;

I would like to share my concern/support (state the issue very clearly).

This cut/decision will (state your view simply on the subject).

I feel strongly that (what would you like to see done about the issue/concern).

Thanks you for your time and consideration of this issue.

Sincerely,

(sign your name)

President Donald J. Trump

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Comment Line: 202.456.6213
Fax: 202.456.2461

The White House website indicates that the fastest way to get your message to the President is to email using this link: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/#page

The Honorable Debbie Stabenow
221 W. Lake Lansing Road, Suite 100
East Lansing, MI 48923
Phone: 517.203.1760
Democrat

The Honorable Gary Peters
124 W. Allegan, Suite 1810
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: 517.377.1508
Fax: 517.377.1506
Democrat

4th District Clinton County
The Honorable John Moolenaar
200 East Main St.
Midland, MI 48640
Phone: 1.989.631.2552
Republican

8th District Ingham County
The Honorable Mike Bishop
711 E. Grand River Ave., Suite A
Brighton, MI 48116
Phone: 810.227.8600
Republican

7th District Eaton County
The Honorable Tim Walberg
101 1st St., Suite 2
Jackson, MI 49201
Phone: 517.780.9075
Republican

 

Governor
The Honorable Rick Snyder
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, MI 48909 3
Phone: 517.373.3400
Fax: 517.335.6863
Republican

Nick Lyon, Director (appointed position)
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
333 S. Grand Ave
P.O. Box 30195
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Phone: 517.373.3740

House of Representatives
93rd District
The Honorable Tom Leonard
N 1197 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
Phone: 517.373.1778 or 877.859.8086
Fax: 517.373.5780
Republican serving Clinton County and portions of Gratiot County.

Senate
District 24
The Honorable Rick Jones
915 Farnum Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Phone: 517.373.3447
Fax: 517.373-5849
Republican serving Clinton and Eaton Counties as well as portions of Ingham County.

House of Representatives
65th District
The Honorable Brett Roberts
N 0999 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
Phone: 517:373-1775
Fax: 517.373.5242
Republican serving the City of Eaton Rapids and Hamlin, Eaton and Brookfield townships.

71th District
The Honorable Tom Barrett
N 1090 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
Phone: 517.373-0853
Fax: 517.373-6589
Republican serving the cities of Charlotte, Olivet, Potterville, Grand Ledge, parts of Lansing, as well as the townships of Bellevue, Benton, Carmel, Chester, Delta Charter Eaton Rapids, Kalamo, Oneida Charter, Roxand, Sunfield, Vermontville, Walton, Windsor Charter and portions of Eaton Township.

Senate
District 24

The Honorable Rick Jones
915 Farnum Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Phone: 517.373.3447
Fax: 517.373-5849
Republican serving Clinton and Eaton Counties and a portion of Ingham County.

House of Representatives
67th District Ingham County (rural area)
The Honorable Tom Cochran
S 1086 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
Phone: 517.373.0587
Fax: 517.373.9430
Democrat serving Mason, Stockbridge, Leslie, Webberville, Williamston and south Lansing.

68th District Ingham County (Lansing)
The Honorable Andy Schor
S 1087 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
Phone: 517.373-0826
Fax: 517.373.5698
Democrat serving most of the City of Lansing and all of Lansing Township.

69th District Ingham County (E. Lansing Area)
The Honorable Sam Singh
S 1088 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
Phone: 517.373.1786
Fax: 517.373-5717
Democrat serving East Lansing, Haslett, Okemos, Williamstown Township, and Locke Township.

Senate District 23
The Honorable Curtis Hertel
315 Farnum Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Phone: 517.373.1734
Fax: 517.373-5397
Democrat serving Alaiedon, Aurelius, Bunker Hill, Delhi Charter, Ingham, Lansing, Leslie, Meridian, Onondaga, Stockbridge, Vevay, and White Oak Township as well as the Cities of East Lansing, Lansing, Leslie, and Mason.

Senate District 24
The Honorable Rick Jones
915 Farnum Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Phone: 517.373.3447
Fax: 517.373-5849
Republican serving Clinton and Eaton Counties and Leroy Township, Locke Township, Wheatfield Township, Williamston City, and Williamstown Township in Ingham County.