A guide to calling Congress

by Zivah Solomon / Beacon Correspondent • March 24, 2017

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Representatives of Massachusetts
Representatives of Massachusetts

Updated March 29, 2017

The conversations happening in Washington, D.C. may seem miles away, but you can add your voice to the mix with a simple phone call. Congressional offices answer to you—they need your input in order to carry out their duties. If picking up the phone makes you nervous, we’re here to walk you through it.

 

Find your rep:

We’ve compiled the contact information for Massachusetts representatives. But if you vote out of state, take the time to look up the name(s) of your congressperson or senator. Their websites will include their national and district office numbers. In a pinch, you can even call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected with your representative.

 

Who will pick up: 

A staff assistant, intern, or a voicemail.

 

Say:

Hello! My name is __________________ and I am calling from __________________(your town/city). I am calling to encourage __________________(congressperson or senator) to __________________(support/oppose) __________________(bill/measure) because __________________(evidence of support or opposition). Thank you!

Why you should give your name and location:

They record this information and keep track of how many calls are received on any particular issue, including the location of the calls. This can help affect the support or opposition by your representative.

Reach out to your reps and tell them how they can make your life better. Listening to you is practically part of their job description!

 

—Zivah Solomon was a legislative intern for the national office of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Part of her job included taking phone calls from Sanders’ constituents—so she knows a thing or two about how to make the experience as efficient as possible.

 

Correction: An earlier version of this article displayed an inaccurate map of the Massachusetts congressional districts.