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Hello, Mr. President?

The President lives and works at one of the most famous addresses in the world: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Citizens can’t just walk up and knock on the President’s door, but they can share their ideas and concerns in other ways, such as mail, email, social media, or a phone call. 

 1) Follow the link.

2) Click on the ‘Contact Us’ button on the upper right corner of the page.

3) Find out how to get a message to the President.

 

Which form of communication would you be most likely to use to get a message to the president?

Find Your U.S. Senators

Your United States senators work in government to represent the interests of your state and its people. Each state has two U.S. senators (there are 100 total). Senators serve for six years at a time, and there are no federal limits on how many times senators can be re-elected. Some have been serving for decades!

Senators have offices in both Washington, D.C. and in their home state. When Congress is in session, senators work in Washington. You can find out where your senators are right now by checking www.senate.gov to see if Congress is in session.

1) Follow the link to the Senate website.

2) In the upper right corner, find the drop-down box that says “Find Your Senators.” Click on your state.

3) Click on each senator’s name to visit their websites and look for contact information.

4) Fill out your contact sheet using the information you find.

 

Find Your House Representative

Your United States representatives also work on behalf of your state and its people. The number of representatives in your state depends on your state’s population. Representatives serve two-year terms and can be re-elected as many times as your state allows.

States are divided into districts, and each district elects a representative to serve in the House. Before you can contact your representative, you need to know what district you live in! 

1) Follow the link to the House of Representatives website.

2) In the upper right corner, find the “Enter your zip code” box. If possible, enter the zip code for your home, not your school.

3) You will see a map of your district. On the left, you will see your representative. Click on your representative’s name.

4) On your representative’s website, find a “Contact Me” page. Use the information you find to fill out your contact sheet.

 

Dear Mr. Governor...

Each state has a governor that leads the executive branch of the state’s government. A governor is like the president of the state: He or she is in charge of carrying out state laws. A governor signs or vetoes state bills, gives State of the State speeches, and leads all the different government agencies that make up the state’s executive branch.

1) Follow the link

2) Hover your mouse over the “Governors” tab until a drop-down list appears. Click “Current Governors.”

3) Find your state’s Governor and click on his or her name.

4) Fill out your contact sheet using the information you find.

5) Click “Governor’s website” beneath your governor’s photo to find out more about your governor.

 

Find Your State Representative

Each state has a legislative branch of its very own. Your state legislature makes laws just for your state. In most states, there is a state senate and a state house of representatives. Each state is divided into districts, and each district elects senators and representatives to serve in the state legislature. Your state legislators work in your state’s government to represent the interests of the people living in your district.

1) Follow the link to the Project Vote Smart website.

2) Find the “Find Your Elected Officials” box. Enter your zip code.

3) Scroll down to find the ‘State Legislative’ heading. Click it.

4) Click on each legislator’s name. Beneath their photo, click on “See Full Biographical and Contact Information.”

5) Fill out your contact sheet using the information you find.

 

Find Your Local Representative

The government officials closest to you are those at the local level. You may live in a county, city, borough, parish, ward—or a combination of these! The legislative officials (law makers) at these levels may be called council members, supervisors, aldermen, or some other name. These are the people with the power to make change on local issues you care about.

1) Follow this link to find your local officials.

2) In the drop-down boxes, choose “Local Legislative” for Office Type and then choose your state.

3) In the next drop-down box, choose your city or county.

4) Look to see what your local lawmakers are called. On your contact sheet, write the TITLE ONLY. For example, “Johnson County Supervisor” or “Perry City Council Member.”

Hometown Representatives

Most counties and cities are divided up so that lawmakers represent a small part of the county or city. The person who represents the area where you live is most likely to listen to your concerns.

1) Access an internet search engine such as Google.

2) In the search box, type the title that you wrote on your contact sheet. (Ex: Johnson County Supervisor or Perry City Council)

3) In the results list, click on the link to your local government’s website. It may say something like Johnson County Board of Supervisors or Perry City Council.

4) Look for a place on the website that helps you find which lawmaker represents the neighborhood where you live. You may need to type in your address.

5) Write the contact information for your local lawmaker on your contact sheet.