Elected officials at the local, state, and federal level are responsible for representing the interests of their constituents. In order to know your interests, your elected officials must hear from you!
Tips for calling your elected officials
(here is an example based on a made up bill)
Calling your elected officials is another effective way to share your views on issues and legislation. While you will generally not be able to speak directly with your U.S. Representative or Senators by telephone, their staff will note your comments and share them with the legislator.
If you want to your senators or representative to support or oppose a particular bill, check Congress.gov to see if he or she is already a sponsor or cosponsor of the legislation before calling. If you support the bill and he or she already sponsored or co-sponsored it, you can call and thank them. If you support a bill that they didn’t sponsor or co-sponsor, you can ask them to co-sponsor it and vote for it. If you oppose the bill and they didn’t so-sponsor it, thank them for not co-sponsoring and let them know you want them to vote against it.
The same general tips when you write your U.S. Representative or Senators apply when you call:
Offer your name and address
Follow up with a letter
Finding phone numbers
Click here to find phone numbers for your U.S. Congressional representatives at the Senate and House of Representatives websites.
You may also be connected through the Capitol operator by dialing (202) 224-3121.
You can share your views with the President by calling White House staff at (202) 456-1414.
Contacting state and local officials
The tips listed are also useful when calling your state and local elected officials. You can find out how to contact your state and local officials about state and local issues at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials. State government directories can also be found on the Library of Congress website at http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/stategov/stategov.html. Remember that state and local officials may have only one staff person to help with phone calls, so be brief.