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Contacting Your Legislators

On this webpage, learn how to find your Members of Congress and the ways to reach them.

Have a clear purpose for your contact:

Identify your legislators, and find their contact information on their personal website:

Email

This is the quickest and one of the most effective ways to reach your legislators.

  • If time is short, use the contact form on the legislator’s website to send your email.
  • If you have had a previous contact with your member or a member of their staff, please feel free to use the direct email address you were given.
  • You may also call the Washington D.C. office and ask for the email address of the person who handles health-related issues.

Phone

  • Find the phone number for the Washington D.C. office on the legislator’s website.
  • You may simply leave a message with the staff who answers the phone. Usually, this results in a tally of your position on an issue.
  • You may also ask to speak with the person who handles health issues. You will likely be asked to leave him/her a message on their voicemail. If this is the case, request the health staff’s email address and send an email as well.

Standard Mail

Due to strict security regulations with mail delivery, it often takes quite a long time to get mail delivered to legislative offices. It is a great strategy to send pictures or handwritten messages, but be aware that it is not timely.

In-Person Visit

This is an excellent method to work on your relationship with your Members of Congress. See our "Tips for a Successful Meeting" webpage for additional information about your actual visit.

  • In-district offices: Legislators have offices throughout their home state. Visit their website to find the office nearest you. It is preferable to call the office and schedule an appointment, but if you happen to be in the area, feel free to drop in.
  • In Washington D.C.: If this interests you, we strongly recommend you participate in Congenital Heart Lobby Day. If you happen to be in D.C for other reasons, you may schedule a visit with your legislator’s office by phone or email to set up an appointment. There is often a visit form on the webpage.

Let us know you made a contact!

Send an email to advocacy@achaheart.org and let us know who you connected with, when and what the response was.

If you have any questions or would like help contacting your legislators, you may also contact advocacy@achaheart.org.