Contact Your Elected Official

http://www.congress.org is the site that gives you all the contact information you need. Enter your zip code in the box on the right side of the page. You will find the names of your elected officials in both Washington DC and in Harrisburg. Click on a name and you will be directed to contact and biographical information, in addition to committee assignments.
http://www.usa.gov/Contact.shtml is the site that gives you all the contact information you need. Enter your zip code in the box on the right side of the page. You will find the names of your elected officials in both Washington DC and in Harrisburg. Click on a name and you will be directed to contact and biographical information, in addition to committee assignments.

PennsylvaniaVotes.org is the state’s first and only web site that provides a layman’s description of every bill introduced in the General Assembly. This site will also allow you to find and organize the complete voting records of legislators and use search tools to find currently pending and passed legislation.

www.legis.state.pa.us this site lists the bills, committee actions, and contact information for Pennsylvania General Assembly.


People who think members of Congress pay little or no attention to constituent mail, are plain wrong. Concise, well thought out personal letters are one of the most effective ways Americans have of influencing law-makers. But, members of Congress get hundreds of letters and emails every day. Whether you choose to use the Postal Service or email, here are some tips that will help your letter have impact.

Think Locally

It’s usually best to send letters to the representative from your local Congressional District or the senators from your state. Your vote helps elect them — or not — and that fact alone carries a lot of weight. It also helps personalize your letter. Sending the same “cookie-cutter” message to every member of Congress may grab attention but rarely much consideration.

Here’s How:

  • Always be courteous and respectful, but avoid being ‘gushy’ or overly flattering.
  • Clearly and simply state the purpose of your letter. If it’s about a certain bill, identify it correctly.
  • Identify yourself. Anonymous letters go nowhere. Even in email, include your correct name, address, phone number and email address.
  • State any professional credentials or personal experience you may have, especially those pertaining to the subject of your letter.
  • Keep your letter short — one page letters are best.
  • Provide specific rather than general information about how the topic affects you and others.
  • Be sure to address your letter correctly.
  • Use specific examples or evidence to support your position.
  • Clearly state what it is you want done or recommend a course of action.
  • Thank the official for taking the time to read your letter.
  • NEVER use vulgarity, profanity or threats. Simply stated, don’t let your passion get in the way of making your point.
  • NEVER demand a response.

TIPS

  • When writing members of the U.S. Congress, it is usually best to write only to the Representatives and Senators from your district or state. Mass-mailings to all Members of Congress rarely have much impact.
  • Each letter should address a single topic or issue.