Note: When writing to a committee chair or the house speaker, it is proper to address them as Dear Chairman or Madam Chairwoman or Dear Mr. Speaker.
A telephone call can be an effective method of influencing lawmakers, particularly if placed shortly after written communication. Congress offices often pay close attention to these calls as a measure of voters’ sentiment. An outpouring of calls can sometimes change the vote of a legislator, but even a small number of calls can make a difference.
Most senators and representatives maintain one or more offices in the state or congressional district they represent. You can find the phone number in the U.S. government section of the telephone directory or by calling information. If you wish to call the Washington, D.C., office, you can reach your senator or representative through the Capitol switchboard. Simply dial 202-224-3121 and ask for your representative or senator’s office.