All Utahns are represented by Utah’s two U.S. senators as well as one of our U.S. representatives. Record your members of Congress and their contact information in your contacts for easy access. Other federal officials include U.S. President and vice president, as well as many appointed government officials, such as department and agency heads. For agency issues, contact the office of the agency head and/or submit public comments through the agency’s public comment platform.
Tips for contacting members of Congress:
- Learn who to contact when. Find out which body is considering legislation before you call. If a bill is in the House, call your congressperson. If a bill is in the Senate, call your senators. For confirmations, call your Senators (the House does not vote on confirmations).
- In general, call, don’t write. According to insiders, calling congressional offices is more effective than writing. Call especially if you want to communicate about something urgent. For something less urgent, email is fine. If you can’t get through by phone, send an email. Be sure any emails are personalized and don’t use any kind of template — even for the email heading.
- Only call if you are a constituent. Don’t contact members of Congress from other states. They only want to hear from you if they represent you.
- Call as often as you have something new to say. There is no need to call about the same issue every day, nor to leave messages at multiple offices of the same official about the same issue. However, it is fine to call every day about different issues.
- Be considerate of time. Calls should generally only take a few minutes, unless you have a great amount of substance to convey. Be as brief and to the point as possible
Learn more using “Call The Halls: Contacting Your Representatives the Smart Way” – downloadable PDF guide by Action Utah Board Member, Emily Ellsworth Coleman