Writing To Congress
How to write a good letter to Congress
Your letter will be read and it can make a difference! For every 1 letter Congress people get they can be sure 100s if not 1000s more felt the same way but didn't take the time to write., make it about them. If you agree with their stance on issues, thank and praise them. If you have been at a town hall or been someplace where they spoke, say so. State your case as briefly as possible. If they up for re-election and you support them, so say. Keep your letter to three short paragraphs.
Make it personalized but not personal.
Do not call names, SHOUT in all CAPS or make accusations. Limit the exclamation points, use only for emphasis on an impassioned point or plea, keep it to one or two for the main point(s) of your letter
In the first paragraph say why you are writing, who you are and what your credentials are. Are you a member of a club or leader of some group? The most important Credential is that you are a Voter!
Let them know you are a voter in their District.
Make sure you address the Congress person properly and spell their name right.
"Honorable (Full Name)..
City, State Zip
Dear Mr/Mrs. (Last Name)"
Remember to let them know you are from their congressional District.
"Dear Congressperson (name),
I live in (city name) in your Congressional District and would like to ask for your support on …."
It doesn't hurt to let them know you are a frequent voter!
"I vote in every election and I follow your votes in Congress carefully…"
In the next paragraph provide some detail about the reason you are writing them.
Whether you are asking for their support or for them to oppose a Bill make sure to quote the Bill Name and Number so they can know what measure you're writing about and see that you're serious about the issue.
Draw from your personal experiences and write to them as if they were sitting at the table with you.
Finally, close by asking them to support or vote against a bill or change in policy you're writing about.
Thank them for their time and be courteous.
Try to time your letters to arrive mid week so they don't arrive on Monday when the mail is heaviest or on Friday when they are leaving for the weekend.
Use spell check if you have it. Review what you wrote before posting it.
Need to Find Your Congress Person’s name and address?
Visit the website Congress.org it has some great tools to help you!