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Writing a Letter to a Legislator/Politician

When writing a letter to a legislator or politician, you must have the correct address.  Here are some examples when sending to a national representative or senator.

For Your Senator:                            For Your House Representative:

The Honorable (full name)                The Honorable (full name)
(Rm. Number) (Name) Senate Office Building     (Rm. Number) (Name) House Office Building
United States Senate                        United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20510                   Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Senator (last name):                  Dear Representative (last name):


Keep it Simple
Your letter should address a single topic or issue. Typed, one-page letters are best. Many PACs (Political Action Committees) recommend a three-paragraph letter structured like this:

1. Say why you are writing and who you are. List your "credentials." (If you want a response, you must include your name and address, even when using email.)

2. Provide more detail. Be factual not emotional. Provide specific rather than general information about how the topic affects you and others. If a certain bill is involved, cite the correct title or number whenever possible.

3. Close by requesting the action you want taken: a vote for or against a bill, or change in general policy.

The best letters are courteous, to the point, and include specific supporting examples.


From: http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/letterscongress.htm