Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Contacting Your Elected Official

Angel Leiva received his juris doctor in May of 2016 from Ave Maria School of Law. While completing his degree, Angel Leiva served as an intern for Florida Senator Marco Rubio. In this role he managed and directed emails, phone calls, and letters submitted by Senator Rubio’s constituents. 

When contacting a United States senator or congressman, it is helpful to keep several points in mind. First, letters and emails should always include the name, credentials, and contact information of the constituent. Anonymous letters are rarely taken seriously. In addition, if a constituent is concerned about a particular bill or action, its correct title and number should be included in the letter or the subject heading. The official names of bills can be found online. Letters should be concise, courteous, and include the specific action that the constituent desires the senator or congressman to take. Contact information for elected officials can be found at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials/.

It is important for senators and congressmen to hear from the constituents they represent. Many senators, including Marco Rubio along with his staff, work diligently to make themselves available to hear the concerns and questions of their constituents. For example, staff members for Senator Rubio are available in eight different offices across the state of Florida. In addition, the offices offer mobile assistance to residents who cannot travel.