Be One Person

Individual initiative is what makes the country succeed. There are many ways to get involved in the political process.

  • Cast an informed vote.
  • Contact your representatives.
  • Work on a campaign.
  • Organize a group of like-minded individuals.
  • Run for office.
Cast an Informed Vote

Casting an informed vote is the best way to influence the way we govern ourselves. A single legislator can often be the deciding factor in whether or not a bill passes. That legislator could be the representative from your district.

Contact Your Representatives

Methods of contact have changed over the past several years. In addition to letter writing and phone calls, representatives may be contacted via email and various forms of social media. Interestingly, faxing may still be an effective form of communication as it stands out relative to the large volume of electronic messages received.

US Congress contact information can be found at:

When writing, electronically or by standard letter, it is best to:

  • Be courteous
  • Indicate whether you are a constituent
  • Get to the point
  • State the action you are requesting

Use the following conventions when addressing a letter to a member of congress:

For members of the Senate

The Honorable (full name of senator)
(Room #) (Name) Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator:

For members of the House of Representatives

The Honorable (full name of congressman)
(Room #) (Name) House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative:

Other Information on Contacting Members of Congress

Thank you to a visitor to B1 Person who recommended as a source of contact information, including fax numbers, and various tips on communicating with our representatives.

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Work on a Campaign

Short of running for office yourself, this may be the most productive and rewarding way to get involved. Candidates are always looking for people who want to participate. Initial participation may include collecting signatures, stuffing envelopes, and making phone calls. Depending on your interest and capabilities, your initial involvement can lead to increasingly responsible and potentially paid positions.

Given the election cycles for various federal, state, and local elections, the next campaign is never too far away.

Getting involved is simple:

  • Call the campaign headquarters, or
  • Check the candidate’s website for an online volunteer form.

You will typically get a rapid response to your offer and will be engaged in whatever is called for at that particular stage of the campaign.

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Organize a Group

You do not need to be associated with a particular candidate or party to become active. Chances are, there are other individuals who share your views. You can start with your immediate acquaintances and expand your circle as you would any other social activity.

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Run for Office

Running for office is the ultimate form of political participation. At the state and federal level, it requires extensive organizational and financial resources. Local office is more accessible and provides experience for seeking higher positions. All municipalities have bylaws that describe the various offices, terms of service, and process of election. Information on municipalities in the US can be found at American Hometowns – Cities, Counties, and Towns.

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