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Tips on writing a member of Congress

Don't Forget to Register to Vote!!

Senators and Representatives pay attention to their mail.  It is good politics. Responding to mail is crucial to re-election. Members know your vote can be won or lost by their response. The most effective letter is a personal one, not a form letter. Your letter should be concise, informed, and polite.

Some specific tips are:

Go here to see a complete listing of Arizona U.S. Senators and House of Representatives. Each listing includes Name, Address, Phone, and Email address.
Try to stick to one typewritten page, two pages at most. Don't write on the back of
a page. If writing longhand, take care to write legibly.
In a short first paragraph, state your purpose. Stick with one subject or issue.
Support your position with the rest of the letter
If a bill is the subject, cite it by name and number.
Be factual and support your position with information about how legislation is
likely to affect you and others. Avoid emotional, philosophical arguments.
If you believe legislation is wrong and should be opposed, say so. indicate the
likely adverse effects and suggests a better approach.
Ask for the legislators views but do not demand support. Remember, Senators
and Representatives respond to a variety of views, and even if your position is not
supported on one issue or bill, it may be the next time.
Be sure your name and return address are legible.

The suggested address style is:
The Honorable___________________
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator,..........

OR

The Honorable___________________
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative, ........

 

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