Who is your Representative or Senator?
As a grass-roots organization, EAA relies on its members to support lobbying initiatives in Congress, often by contacting lawmakers. Below are some guidelines and resources for those who want to reach their elected representatives in Washington, D.C.
Within the United States, each state has two senators representing the entire state and one representative for their congressional district. For a complete list of Congressional members and the districts they represent visit the House of Representatives and Senate Web sites. For information on a bill, including the text, and its legislation visit the Library of Congress Web site.
Who to contact? When to contact?
Contacting Congressional members who don't represent you is largely a waste of time, energy, and effort. Your correspondence may be forwarded to the proper (your) representative or senators; however it could also be ignored.
Timely communication is as important. Communicating at the improper time can truly be of little use. EAA will often make a call to action when the time arises (often just prior to Congressional action on a specific issue.)
Which is best…..writing, calling, faxing or emailing?
You can locate additional contact information for congressional offices at the House and Senate Web sites linked above. In addition, all members of the House and Senate can be reached at:
| The Honorable (Representative's name)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable (Senator's name)
When time is of the essence members can attempt to phone their representatives. Any member of Congress can be reached through the U.S. Capitol switchboard numbers:
| House of Representatives
Email may appear the quickest, easiest, and most efficient way to send communication; however, not all Congressional offices accept e-mail. Please be prepared to also send a letter or fax. Find email addresses and fax numbers for representatives in the House and Senate here.
Your communication should be brief and concise - no more than a few paragraphs or one minute for a phone call - and include any personal experiences that may be relevant.
With more than 160,000 members across the nation, EAA’s strength is its membership. When EAA members join together, they are a powerful force. Your voices play an essential part in protecting and promoting general aviation interests in our nation’s capital. Thank you for making your voice heard.