In a recent survey, 96% of congressional aides reported that if the member of Congress was undecided on an issue, personalized letters would influence his or her position. With thousands of bills going through congress, letters are also effective means of getting a bill noticed by the leader and staff. The best letters to decision-makers are brief and to the point.

Writing Letters and Emails to Congress

  1. Who are you and what is the issue you are writing about? Start off by introducing yourself, indicate that you are a constituent, as well as writing as a volunteer or intern for Do You Democracy.
  2. What are your points of concern? Use a “hook” and then explain the “problem.” The hook should be a short statement that engages the reader, usually featuring an interesting fact.
  3. Why does this issue/bill matter to the U.S.? Give the decision-maker reasons to support the issue. Look beyond the obvious reasons, as they alone might not be enough of a persuasive argument.
  4. What are your recommendations for action? Ask for something specific, usually in the form of a request to support a specific bill. If possible refer to any legislation by name and number and summarize what it is for.
“How to Write to Congress.” Borgen Project,