Tell them what you think!

People so often disagree with what is going on with Congress, their state legislature, their city council and you have the option of voting them out of office…but how often do you actually tell them what you think?

Well first, of course, you have to contact them…but how to find that information? How do I email someone in Government?

I am on a emailing list for Federal Depository Library Program Librarians. (Did you know that Seattle Public Library is a Federal and State Depository of selected government documents and well as having a large collection of Seattle Government documents?) Recently someone asked the list if they knew of a source for the personal email addresses of all the members of Congress, and that got me thinking about how many questions we get about contact information for Governments. 

Where can I find a list of public e-mail addresses for Members of Congress? (The following  is from the House of Representatives Write Your Representative FAQ)

Each Member of Congress establishes their office’s policy related to the processing and management of e-mail. Generally, if a Member has a public e-mail address, it can be found on the Member’s web site. Some offices choose to provide a link back to the Write Your Representative service to provide a means for their constituents to communicate via the Internet… The U.S. House of Representatives does not currently provide a listing of public e-mail addresses for the elected Representatives.

For the Senate, try:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

And be aware that if you want to mail a letter or package there will be a delay due to special screening of all materials.

Where can I find an e-mail address for my local Legislator?

To find contact information for your state legislators, use the link from our Databases and Websites home page Find Your Legislator.

And finally, thanks to those fabulous people at the League of Women Voters, you can get an addresses and contact information from They Represent You, either online at http://www.seattlelwv.org/node/944 or in print at your local Seattle Public Library. This handy brochure has all the contact information for everyone from City Council up to President of the United States.

Now, go out and tell them what you think!

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