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Send E-mails, Faxes and Letters

Writing to Members of Congress is an effective way of making sure they know your position on an issue. Find contact information for Members of Congress by visiting the web sites for the Senate and the House of Representatives. Because security concerns on Capitol Hill sometimes slow down the delivery of mailed letters, e-mails are the best way to communicate with your members of Congress. 

Keep the following in mind when drafting your letters:

  • Make your points clear and concise. Letters that clearly state your point will help readers better understand the issue.
  • Provide specific examples. Provide details of how you are or will be impacted by the issue or legislation you are concerned with.
  • Include references, if necessary. If there are any studies or resources that help explain your case, refer to them in your letter.
  • Address letters properly. Letters to Members of Congress should be addressed in the following manner:
    • Office of Senator (Full Name)
      United States Senate
      Washington, D.C. 20510
    • Dear Senator (Last Name)
    • Office of Representative (Full Name)
      United States House of Representatives
      Washington, D.C. 20515
    • Dear Representative (Last Name)

    • When writing to a committee's chair, use the following:
      • Dear Mr. Chairman or Madam Chairwoman
    • When writing to the Speaker of the House, use the following:
      • Dear Madam Speaker or Mr. Speaker