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How to Write to Congress


The best way to communicate in writing with your Members of Congress is by email.

You can do so directly from our site by using our Find Your Legislators look-up service. Sending letters by regular mail is no longer effective, because they are subject to radiation and delays.

Email Tips

  • Keep your email short and to the point.

  • Do not mention multiple issues in the same email. Each email message is routed within the Congressional office to a single staffer, and that person may not be familiar with two issues that you combine.

  • When writing through our site, there is no need to put in Dear Representative or Dear Senator, as the system does it for you.

  • If you're using one of our sample letters, make your message more powerful by adding a personalized paragraph about your ideas or experiences in your community. According to research, personalized messages to Congress have more influence on lawmakers' decision-making than identical form messages.

  • Do not use harsh or threatening language. Be thoughtful, straightforward, and clear.

  • Do not try to write to Representatives and Senators who do not represent you. It is a waste of effort. They have filters that automatically delete your emails.

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