Would you like to schedule tours in Washington, D. Due to the large volume of US mail, emails and faxes I receive, I am only able to accept messages from residents of the 7th Congressional District of Colorado. If you are a resident of another district, I encourage you to contact your Representative in Congress using the Write Your Representative Service available at www. Complete this form using Facebook. Yes, I would like to subscribe to your email newsletter.
Required Yes, I would like a response. No, I just want you to know my thoughts. Subject Subject is required! Subject is too long! Comment Body is required! Could not verify human test! First Name is required! First Name is too long! Last Name is required! Last Name is too long! Follow the guidelines outlined below, exercise your citizenship, and make your voice heard. Do you have a strong opinion on an issue you heard about in the news? Do you feel you have been treated unfairly by an agency of the government?
Do you have a problem you believe deserves to be addressed by a new law? Does a particular law seem unfair to you, or to have undesirable implications? Are you applying to a service academy i. Are you making a courtesy invitation? Do you really like something your representative did? It is important to sum up your purpose in one sentence, and not the kind with six commas. This is the first step, and it is important to give you focus and inform the rest of the process.
Under most circumstances, this will be the first line of your letter. You need to make sure you are sending your message to the right person. This can sometimes take a little bit of homework, depending on your issue. Sometimes your senator or representative is not the best person to handle your issue.
For example, if you are concerned with land zoning, this is probably best addressed to your town or county level officials, and issues of state law go to your state legislator.
The fewer constituents an official has, the more personal attention they can afford to give your message. Every jurisdiction is structured differently, so it is impossible to summarize how to figure this out here. The internet has made this much easier, as almost every government branch and agency has a website these days.
For federal representatives, www. Often, your local chapter of the League of Women Voters will maintain and publish a list of government officials, or a local library should be able to help. You almost always want to address someone who represents you directly. If you get to vote for them they will care more about what you think, and if you accidentally address the wrong legislator they might be obligated to ignore your request out of courtesy for your actual representative.
They may have specific instructions on how they prefer to be contacted. In general, you should choose the medium according to the issue you want addressed and how strongly you feel about it. This is the most dignified and time honored method. There is something about committing a message to paper that makes it all the more official and concrete. Generally this is your best route if you have the time to do it right, and you want to be taken seriously.
Only handwrite the final copy if you have nice, legible penmanship. You may come across a cause asking you to write in using a pre-written form letter where you only have to fill in your address and signature.
You can copy out ideas or statistics or such from the form letter, but try to paraphrase and make it more personal. If you hear on the news that something is being voted on today or tomorrow and you can get a live person from their office on the horn, this is the way to make sure your message gets through before it is too late. Keep it short and factual and be very clear on what your position is. This one has a lot of variability.
My state assemblyman is known for showing up personally at Eagle Scout Courts of Honor, for example. Usually you will not have very much time to address them, as there are many others like you waiting to do the same.
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