Get Involved in TMA Advocacy

  • Nine Simple Things You Can Do Right From Your Phone

    Your strong voice is needed to improve the practice of medicine today and for future generations. That's why it's important for all members of the family of medicine to get involved. You don't have to be an advocacy expert. All you need to do is follow these nine steps.

    1. Get to Know Your Legislator. When medicine speaks, legislators do listen, especially if they've heard from you before. Work through your county medical society to set up a local physician meeting with your state representative or state senator. Very often, you or your colleagues know them personally. There is no substitute for this personal relationship.
    2. Update Your Contact List. Add your elected officials' name and contact information to your phone. Here is where you can find their phone, email and mailing address, and their staff's information too.
    3. Use Social Media. Follow your legislators on their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. It's an easy way to learn about your elected official and their interests. Do NOT use social media as a place to debate issues.
    4. Participate in a Virtual First Tuesdays in the District. Ask your county medical society executive to schedule a Zoom meeting with your elected officials or contact Pam Udall. First Tuesdays in the District are an easy and effective way for physicians, Alliance members, and medical students to meet and strengthen their relationships with elected officials. All you need to do is show up for a 45-minute Zoom call and share your experience.
    5. Virtual First Tuesdays at the Capitol were a success in 2021. The next opportunity to participate is the first Tuesday of every month, February through May, during the 2023 legislative session. We will let you know when registration opens.
    6. Take Action. Write, email, or call your legislator when critical issues arise. TMA makes it easy. All you must do is respond to a TMA Action Alert using the message provided or write your own message. Use TMA's Grassroots Action Center. It only takes a minute.
    7. Download the VoterVoice App: Respond to a TMA Action Alert via the VoterVoice app. All you need to do is download and install the app, then you can take action in just a few minutes via your phone.
    8. Bookmark TMA's Texas Legislature Page. Follow medicine's progress and actions during the legislative session.
    9. Learn more about TEXPAC. The Texas Medical Association Political Action Committee (TEXPAC) is the political arm of TMA. It's the largest bipartisan political action committee in the state and ranks first in size among other state medical association PACs. A successful year on the campaign trail frequently translates into success at the capitol. For more information visit TEXPAC

    Download a PDF of these easy advocacy tips for quick reference on the go.

  • Who Represents Me?

    Elected representatives respond best to their own constituents. You can't be an effective lobbyist if you don't know who's in Washington or Austin on your behalf. Find your incumbent -- then write those letters and make those phone calls.

    Find Your Elected Officials 

  • Learn How to Lobby

    Learn how to lobby  

    Never been to the Texas Legislature or Congress? Never fear. TMA's tips turn you into a master lobbyist in moments. Don't forget your secret weapon: Your own stories.

    Get Lobbying Tips  
  • Take Charge of Your Testimony

    Legislative testimony  

    Testifying before Congress or the Texas Legislature? Get tips for writing and presenting compelling legislative testimony.

    Get Tips  
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    TMA is helping to strengthen your practice by offering advice and creating a climate of medical success across the state. 

  • What could a TMA membership mean for you, your practice, your profession, and your patients?