Civics 101

Visiting the NCGA

North Carolina has 100 counties, each represented in the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) by elected officials in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Legislators gather at the NCGA to represent their constituents. The NCGA is a public building, where visitors are welcome. The building contains offices where legislators work and there is seating available in 3rd floor galleries, where the public is invited to observe both House and Senate chambers. The NCGA website contains a wealth of information to help citizens learn history, navigate correspondence with legislators, track their work, and navigate visits to the building. Take a minute to explore the North Carolina State Legislative Building in this short video (with permission from Visit Raleigh).

 

 

If you plan to observe during a legislative session, this visit guide and legislative vocabulary list are helpful resources.

These two chambers of our state government determine state spending and propose bills that can become law through the legislative process. The North Carolina General Assembly is The People’s House and your NC House and Senate representatives are elected to work for you. Voting in elections is the best way to impact who represents your county in the NCGA. Between elections there are a number of ways you can continue to speak up and influence actions taken by your representatives.

Who Represents Me

Communication is an important part of civic engagement. You can contact elected officials to express your opinion about issues you care about and to support or oppose ongoing legislation. It is common for citizens to contact the governor and members of the council of state, NC House and Senate leaders, and representatives from their own home districts.

Who Represents Me?

How to Use Your Power As a Constituent

  • Make an appointment to speak with NC House and Senate representatives from your district.
  • Contact representatives by phone or e-mail.
  • Interact with representatives on social media (find links on their websites).
  • Write Letters to the Editor of North Carolina newspapers (follow these letter writing tips).
  • Attend Town Hall Meetings, Forums and Debates to ask questions of potential candidates and elected officials. Stay connected with your local League for updates about upcoming events like these in your area.

Contact your U.S. Senators

  • https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/senators_cfm.cfm?State=NC

Contact your U.S. Representative

  • http://www.house.gov/representatives/