How To Contact Elected Officials

In American we have the privilege of contacting our elected Federal representatives to let them know our opinions on important matters. Here is how you contact the President, your senators, and your congressperson.

  1. The President

    Fortunately, President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history. It says so on his website. How do you contact the President? Three easy ways:

    1. From his website

      You can leave a comment on his website at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact. This is the easiest way to let your opinion be known.

    2. Snail mail

      You can send President Obama regular mail at

      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
      Washington, DC 20500
      

      Although letters are historically the way to contact our President, letters have the disadvantage now that they have to be screened for harmful substances and it may take a while to get to the White House. That being said, writing letters is still a valid way for you to share your concerns with the President. Avoid sending copies of pre-written letters to the President. Write a short, concise original message.

    3. Phone

      You can call these numbers

      Comments: 202-456-1111
      Switchboard: 202-456-1414
      
  2. Senators

    Each state has two senators to represent their concerns. You can write them at www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm.

  3. Representative

    Although Americans have two senators from their state, citizens have a single representative in Congress. You send your representative a message from the web at writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

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