Tips on Writing to Congress

  • Mention you are a constituent.
  • Write your full address in the letter.
  • Focus the letter on one issue and keep it brief.
  • Give the name and bill number of specific legislation if possible.
  • State your reason for writing in the first paragraph. Explain how the issue affects you.
  • Be courteous, not hostile.
  • Ask the legislator to state his or her position in a reply.
  • Give feedback. If your legislator votes as you wished, thank him or her. If the vote was not as you wished, communicate your disappointment cordially.