You’re here because you have a letter to send to your representatives in DC. First, please note, two Senators represent your interests in the Senate while one Representative represents your interests in the House of Representatives. That means you have three Members of Congress or MoCs in DC.
Step 1: Find Your Two Senators
Senators are elected every six years and they both represent the entire state.
To find your two senators, go to www.senate.gov, click on ‘Find Your Senators’ in the top left-hand corner, and select your state. Boom. Done!
After you’ve landed on your state’s page on senate.gov, you’ll see pictures of your two senators with links to their contact pages. Follow those links and instructions for contacting them.
Here’s what a portion of the Montana page looked like as of May 2, 2021:
(In case you’re interested, read what Senator Tester said about Ag industry consolidation at a Senate Ag Committee Hearing in April 2021.)
Step 2: Find Your Representative
You’re represented by one person in the House of Representatives. Each Rep represents a Congressional district within a state. In general, each district contains about 800,000 people. Reps are elected every two years.
To find your Representative, go to house.gov and type your zip code into the text box at the top right-hand side of the page, and let the fun begin.
If you’re lucky, your zip code is fully contained within your Congressional district. For example, the 04101 zip code is in the Maine 1st Congressional district.
If you’re not so lucky, your zip code spans multiple Congressional districts. For example, if you live in the 21012 zip code, you could be in district 3 or district 4. In that case, you’ll need to specify your address in order to definitively identify your Member of Congress who represents you in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Step 3: Send your Letter
Once you know who your representative is, simply click on their name to link to their official house.gov website. Find the contact form and follow the instructions for sending them a message.
One letter will be sent to your Representative in the House of Representatives. The other two will go to your two Senators in the Senate.
If you’re not sure how to craft a compelling message, here are some useful guidelines.
So, that was the skinny on contacting your reps and letting them know exactly how you want them to represent your interests in D.C.
Step 4: Let AFA Know
After sending your letters, send us a copy, including the names of the reps you sent your letter to, here:
Good luck and thank you for working with AFA to bring fairness to U.S. farm policy!