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Tips on Writing to Congress

The letter is the most popular choice of communication with a Congressional office. If you decide to write a letter, this list of helpful suggestions will improve the effectiveness of the letter.

  • State your purpose in the first paragraph. 
  • Identify legislation, if any, your letter pertains to, e.g., House bill: H. R. ____ (bill #), Senate bill: S.____ (bill #).  
  • Be courteous. 
  • Be conciseóget to the point.
  • Include key information and personal examples to support your position.  
  • Address only one issue in each letter.
  • Keep the letter to one page. 

 

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Delivering Your Letter

Send an email if you would like your message delivered quickly! Security measures require all mail sent to the US Capitol to be radiated, which delays delivery time and can cause letters to become illegible.  Send postal mail only to district/local offices.  

 

Addressing Correspondence

To a Senator:

 The Honorable (full name)
__(Rm.#)__(name of) Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator (last name):    

To a Representative:

The Honorable (full name)
__(Rm.#)__(name of)House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative (last name):

Special Circumstances:

Address Chair of a Committee: Dear Mr. Chairman or Madam Chairwoman:
Address Speaker and Leadership: Dear Madame Speaker:Dear Majority Leader (last name):