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Tips on Writing Elected Officials

Think short, short, short. Limit your letter to one page.
Identify the issue or problem in the first sentence, and state your position. Support your position with an experience from your family or community. Keep your sentences short and to the point. Call the congressional office and ask how to send your letter? By e-mail or fax or snail mail. Include your name, address and telephone number under your signature. Address each letter personally. Don’t use duplicates. Be sure you spell the person’s name correctly! If your local newspaper has published a letter on your topic, include a copy to your elected representatives. If your letter talks a lot about the experiences of your family, include a photo to help see the people it is effecting.
Ask for a written reply telling you how your representative voted.
For Senators:
The Honorable (insert name)
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510
For Representatives:
The Honorable (insert name)
U.S. House of Representatives

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