Send a Letter by email or U.S. Mail
We encourage you to send your message through our partner StampsLicked
StampsLicked is the quickest way to get your message to us, and to your elected officials.
If your message is too long for StampsLicked, or you want to include more than one photo, you can email a document.
If you have something for us to deliver that needs to be sent by physical mail, you can send it to us.
How to Write a Good Letter to a Member of Congress
Q: What essential information is required?
A: Letters will not be delivered unless they include:
- Names of the senators and representatives you want to receive it
- Your name
- Your street address
If you provide an email and phone number, that gives your elected officials another way to communicate with you.
Q: I’m not sure what to say.
A: The best letters are concise and personalized. We want Members of Congress to hear your stories and your voices and to see how their votes and policy choices will impact their constituents. It’s more important that you tell your elected official how their vote will affect you, your family, your friends or your community, and less important that you talk about anything specific in a particular bill being considered.
Q: Is there anything I shouldn’t say?
A: Please be polite in your letter: no swearing, no personal insults (such as calling your representative an idiot), nothing that could ever be construed as threatening. We aim for respectful constituent letters that tell a compelling story about a particular issue.
Q: Should I send photos?
A: The best letters include a photo of you, your family, your friends, or your community. Choosing your own photo really lets you personalize the letter – it makes it more like you are “with” us when we are discussing the letter with the congressional staff.
A photo can also help you tell your story. For example, during the debates on repealing the Affordable Care Act, constituents sent photos of their family members who would be personally affected by repeal.
Q: I know my Senator is already going to vote the way I’d like her to. Is it still worth writing?
A: Yes. It’s great when you can write a thank you note to your Senator to tell them you appreciate them fighting the good fight and reminding them that their constituents support their position.
Q: There’s so much going on that I’m worried about. How often should I write?
A: Aim for one letter per week, but also take the time to do some outreach and encourage others to write as well. Unified voices are powerful.