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:
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative, ........