Tips for Writting Congress

Purpose of Your Letter:

*State your purpose for writing in the first sentence of the letter
*If you letter pertains to a specific piece of legislation, identify it
*If appropriate, include personal information about why the issue matters to you
*Address only one issue in each letter or email
*Always be courteous


Addressing Your Correspondence:

*To a Senator
The Honorable (Full Name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator (Last Name):

*To a Representative
The Honorable (Full Name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20512

Dear Congressman (Last Name)

Tips for Phoning Congress

*Telephone calls are usually taken by a staff member. Ask to speak with the aide who handles the issue about which you wish to comment
*After identifying yourself, tell the aide you would like to leave a brief message for the Senator/Representative
*State your reasons for your support or opposition to the bill and ask what your Senators' or Representative's position is on the bill
*You may request a written response to your telephone call