Contacting Your Elected Officials
Tips for Contacting Your Elected Officials & Members of the Media
How to Find Contact Information
Easily find federal, state, and local representatives at Congress.org. All you need is your nine-digit zip code.
Tips for Emailing and Writing Elected Officials
You can usually find your officials’ e-mail address or mail address by visiting their website. To find your officials’ website, go to Congress.org.
Here are tips for composing an email/letter to your elected officials:
To a Senator:
To a Representative:
**Note: When writing to the Chair of a Committee or the Speaker of the House, it is proper to address them as:
Tips for Telephoning Your Elected Representatives
To find your senators’ and representatives’ phone numbers, call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121 and ask for your senators' and/or representatives’ office. You can also find your officials’ number on Congress.org. Remember to contact the representatives that represent your geographic area.
Telephone calls are usually taken by a staff member, not the member of Congress. Ask to speak with the aide who handles the issue on which you wish to comment. For most issues related to pregnancy centers, you will be asking for the aide who handles health and/or social policy issues.
After identifying yourself as a constituent of your official's district or state, tell the aide you would like to leave a brief message, such as: “Please tell Senator/Representative (Name) that I support/oppose (S.___/H.R.___).”
You may want to state reasons for your support or opposition to the bill and ask for your senator's or representative's position on the bill. You can also request a written response to your telephone call. Just remember to keep calls brief.
Educate OTHERS: Write a BLOG POST OR Letter to the Editor
You can educate your friends and neighbors by sharing the facts about pregnancy centers and life issues in a blog post, on social media, or in a letter to the editor. If you are writing a letter to the editor or guest blog post, be sure to adhere to the hosting sites guidelines on length, topics, and other issues. Here is some background information and statistics you can use:
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