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Tips on writing members of Congress:

The letter is the most popular choice of communication, with a congressional office. If you decide to write a letter, this list of helpful suggestions will improve the effectiveness of the letter.

  • Your purpose for writing should be stated in the first paragraph of the letter. If your pertains to a specific pieces of legislation, identify it accordingly, e.g. House bill: H.R.___, Senate bill: S.____.

  • Be courteous, to the point, and include key information, using examples to support your position.

  • Address only one issue in each letter; and, if possible, keep the letter to one page.

  • Addressing Correspondence: To a Senator:
    The Honorable (full name) ________,
    (Rm. #) Senate Office Building
    United States Senate
    Washington, D.C. 20510
    Dear Senator _______

  • Addressing Correspondence: To a Representative:
    The Honorable (full name) ________,
    (Rm. #) House Office Building
    House of Representatives
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    Dear Representative ______

  • Note: When writing to the Chair of a Committee of the Speaker of the House, it is proper to address them as Dear Mr.. Chairman or Madam Chairwoman: or Dear Mr.. Speaker:

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