Write your Congressman

Tom Jackson
Feb 4, 2013

 

Here's how to contact the folks who represent you in Washington, D.C.
 
Note that even if you don't have an issue to discuss with them, having the contact information can be handy for other reasons. 
 
All lawmakers will help you deal with a federal agency, get you tickets for tours of the White House and the Capitol Building, sell you a flag that has flown over the Capitol and discuss getting your son or daughter an appointment at a service academy. Constituent service is a big part of what they do.
 
I spoke to our Internet Czarina, Sarah Weber, and she says this listing should be accessible anytime for anyone who searches the site for "Write your Congressman." The search form is hidden behind the magnifying glass at the top right of the page.
 
I'll do a "write your legislator" item soon for contacting Sen. Randy Gardner, Rep. Chris Redfern, etc. Honestly, you can find contact information for any official with a simple Google search, e.g. "Attorney General Mike DeWine."
 
The U.S. Senate
 
713 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
tel (202) 224-2315
fax (202) 228-6321
Email Senator Brown (click the link for a form)
 
338 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3353
Email Sen. Portman (click the link for a form)
 
Brown is a Democrat and Portman is a Republican. You can learn a lot about the issues they are involved in by following them on the Internet or in social media; they both have email newsletters, they're on Twitter, etc.
 
2186 Rayburn Bldg. 
Washington, DC 20515 
Tel : (202) 225-4146 
Fax: (202) 225-7711 
 
1524 Longworth House Office Bldg
Washington, D.C. 20515
T (202) 225-2676 F (202) 226-0577
 
Brown and Kaptur are Democrats; Portman and Jordan are Republicans. You can learn a lot about the issues they are involved in by following them on the Internet or in social media; they all have email newsletters, they're on Twitter, they're on Facebook, etc.
 
All of the lawmakers have Ohio offices; Google their Web sites for details.
 
If  you are confused about whether you live in Kaptur's district or Jordan's district, try checking the district maps at their Web sites. Jordan's Web site has a particularly detailed map. Jordan's email contact form only accepts emails from constituents (you have to enter your ZIP code).
 
Brown and Portman each represent the entire state, of course, so they both have to take your calls, read your messages, etc.

 

Comments

eriemom

Thank you Tom. I wrote. I wonder if I will get a reply.

eddie albert

No, They won't Mom, at least I doubt it.
Been writing for years,,,,,,,,,,same ole' same ole'
they vote for their pockets, not thoughts about "We, The People"

Good 2 B Me

I agree. I have written several Senators, Representatives, Governors and even a couple Presidents. Never a single reply on anything, not matter how hot the issue is.

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The Hero Zone

Part of this is because as time passes we will only become more woefully underrepresented. Issues aside, the population will continue to grow and we haven't had a new seat added to the House of Representatives in a great long while. Each U.S. Rep is now supposedly speaking for about 750,000 constituents each. Senators even more.

Tourist

Usually, I have gotten some sort of reply when writing elected officials -- maybe just a form letter or email, but something. Not sure if it does any good. Some of these officials will have regional offices, and you can call those offices too.

wiredmama222

I have written Kaptur, Portman and the President and have gotten back letters from all three.

I even got two phone calls from Kaptur's office and one from Portman's

Contango

Oh, they 'hear' you loud and clear at the polls; the question is: are they 'listening'?

One of my favorites:

Back in the 90s, when the U.S. was gearing up to get involved in the Serbian Conflict, I wrote my then senatorial rep. Carol Mosely Braun (D-IL).

I stated that since this civil war had been goin' on for yrs. in NATO's backyard that it was their duty to end it. Where was our "national interest?"

In reply, I received a form letter giving me somewhat of an early 20th Century history lesson. In part, I was told that WW1 had its origins in that region and THAT is why we must get involved.

If I would have cared to reply, I might have informed her that for one, the Austro-Hungarian Empire no longer existed.

After that, I pretty much gave up ever writing again – waste of time.

kURTje

"Stock answers" seem to be the norm, though I do try. Have learned when you represent a group "representatives" tend to respond. Wonder really if the individual matters any more.

Contango

Yrs. ago, I sent my then Congressional rep, the late Henry Hyde (R-IL) a letter thanking him for spearheading impeachment proceedings against Sleaze ball-in-Chief Bill Clinton.

His reply I kept.

rickross2

Clinton got a BJ and burned a little grass. I hate his guts now....but I loved him then. The day he backed Barrack Hussein Hitler Obama he was dead to me.

beepx22

I've gotten personal replies from a lot of republican office holders and a few canned letters from the Dems, Sherrod Brown was kind enough to thank me for "my support of Gun Control" which proves to me his secretary can't read

Trustafarian

You guys are really dating yourselves. People actually wrote letters?

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xdefiance

Even better way to write you elected officials: Pre-Written.

http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/...