CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES

OMG, will they pick up?  What do I say?  Wait, who am I calling?

 

Find all your reps quickly

CallYourRep.co is a lightening fast way to find the phone number of your representatives in Washington.  They also have a call script tool you can fill out to share with friends so you can boost your impact.


GovTrack.us is a fantastic, simple resource for finding your representatives and digging a little deeper into their voting records.

  1. Visit GovTrack.us
  2. Enter your address or click Use My Location if you're at home
  3. It will identify your 2 Senators, and 1 Congressman (Representative)
  4. Click their name and go straight to their website for contact information.  Make your voice heard!

your senators

If you want to focus on your reps in the U.S. Senate, visit their official government website here.  You can find contact information, what committees each Senator sits on, past and active legislation.  You can even livestream the U.S. Capitol dome... 


Your congressman and women

If you want to focus on your Congressman and women, visit the U.S. House of Representatives official site here.  You can find contact information for your Representative in the House, which members are the leaders of the parties, read about House committees, research legislative activity, and have a look at their official calendar.


here's what to say when you call

Tips from a former DC staffer who was in charge of incoming phones calls for his Senator's office on Capitol Hill

1. Give your name, city, and zip code, and say “I don’t need a response.” That way, they can quickly confirm you are a constituent, and that they can tally you down without taking the time to input you into a response database.

2. PLEASE ONLY CALL YOUR OWN REPRESENTATIVES! Your tally will not be marked down unless you can rattle off a city and zip from the state, or are calling from an in-state area code. I know you really want to give other reps a piece of your mind, but your call will be ignored unless you can provide a zip from their district. And don’t try to make this up; I could often tell who was lying very quickly thanks to the knowledge of the state’s geography. Exceptions to this are things like Paul Ryan’s ACA poll which are national.

3. State the issue, state your position. “I am opposed to ________.” “I am in favor of _______.” “I am opposed to banning the import of phalanges.” I am in favor of a trade deal to lower the price of juice smoothies.” That’s it. That’s all we write down so we can get a tally of who is in favor, who is against. It doesn’t matter WHY you hold that opinion. The more people calling, the less detail they have time to write down. Help them out by being simple and direct. This keeps calls shorter, allowing more callers through.

4. Please be nice! The people answering the phones on Capitol Hill already had the hardest job in DC and some of the lowest pay as well, and for a month now their jobs have become absolute murder, with nonstop calls for 9 hours every day. Thank them for their hard work answering the phones, because without them our Senators could not represent us!
What does this sound like? “Hi, my name is Mark, I’m a constituent from Seattle, zip code 98***, I don’t need a response. I am opposed to banning the sale of blueberries and I encourage the Senator to please oppose implementation of any such ban. Thanks for your hard work answering the phones!” This is how I wish every caller had phrased their message. It makes it easier for the people answering the phones and takes less time and emotion than a long script. I know that you want to say why, but keeping it short and sweet helps the office answer more calls per hour, meaning more people get heard. The bigger the tally, the more powerful your voice.

Also, when you’re reading off the same script as 100 other callers that day... well...they know what you’re about to say, so you don’t need to use the whole script for your opinion to be heard!

Pick one issue each day, use this format (I am in favor of _____ or I oppose ______), and call your 2 Senators and 1 Representative on their DC and State Office lines, and you’ll be on your way to being heard.
— Mark Jahnke