How to Contact Congress

Options for contacting Congress include phone calls, email, and personal meetings. It all depends on the urgency of the topic and how much time you have.

Find the name and contact information for your Senators and Representative by going to or Sign up for their electronic newsletters to find out about upcoming events such as town hall meetings or “office hours” in the district where you can meet legislators and share your concerns.


Meeting with Your Legislators: A Checklist

Before meeting with Members of Congress or their staff, get some basic facts about them and their district to help you prepare. (Hint: Start by reading the Member’s biography on his/her website.)

Meeting in Person

Meeting Senators and Representatives either in Washington or back home in the district lets you state your views and start establishing a personal relationship.

Placing a Phone Call

If you don’t have the time to set up a meeting, you can simply call the Member’s office to state your views.

Written Communication

Sending an email is an easy and convenient way to contact Members of Congress. (Do not send letters because all Congressional mail is screened off-site and may be delayed significantly.)

What Do I Say to Congress?

Talking points for the value of biomedical research.

Is This Considered Lobbying?

As a citizen, you have the right to make your views known to your elected representatives: Just be sure to do so on your own time!

Tips for Talking about Issues

Six points to keep in mind in any advocacy situation.

Tell Congress: Biomedical Research is Important

To increase support in Congress, the APS Office of Science Policy has prepared a model letter about the importance of biomedical research.

Do Your Homework

Before going into a meeting, make sure you know a bit about your legislator and about your opposition.