Contact Your Elected Representatives
Tips on Calling:
Save phone numbers in your cell phone. Save the right numbers once, and they’re ready anytime. To reach the House and Senate quickly, call the US Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121.
Call first, don’t email. You have a higher chance of talking with the right person to hear your concerns, and calling can jam the phone lines, which requires staff members’ time and will often prompt the office to respond to the issue. (Check out this New York Times article on the merits of calling versus email.) If you call and get voicemail, then follow up with an email.
Call your own representatives. Elected officials give priority to their own districts, and most will only track the views of their own constituents, and sometimes just in a simple number of “yes” and “no” phone calls. They will ask for your address or zip code to confirm your residency, and typically will only send written responses to people who live in their district.
Take notes on the call, and follow up: Take detailed notes so you can call back later as an issue evolves. Compare notes with friends calling on the same issue, and see if anything conflicts. Local Republican members of Congress often do not even hold regular in-person town halls to listen and respond to the concerns of their constituents!
Call often. It’s okay to call about every issue that concerns you, and the more you call, the more your Representatives will know their voters’ concerns.
For information on ways to be the most effective at lobbying members of Congress, check out the Indivisible Guide.
Call Your Members of Congress
Congress includes the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. The Senate and the House each vote on a version of a bill separately. If a bill passes both the House and Senate, it can be sent to the President for final signature and passage. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris represent the state of California in the Senate.
Orange County is represented by seven members of Congress. If you aren’t sure who represents you, look up your member here or call the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
Linda Sanchez, Democrat, District 38: DC Office: (202) 225-6676, Norwalk: (562) 860-5050
Ed Royce, Republican, District 39, DC Office: (202) 225-4111, Brea: (714) 255-0101
Mimi Walters, Republican, District 45, DC Office: (202) 225-5611, Irvine: (949) 263-8703
Lou Correa, Democrat, District 46, DC Office: (202) 225-2965, Santa Ana: (714) 559-6190
Alan Lowenthal, Democrat, District 47, DC Office: (202) 225-7924, Long Beach: (562) 436-3828
Dana Rohrbacher, Republican, District 48, DC Office: (202) 225-2415, Huntington Beach: (714) 960-6483
Darrell Issa, Republican, District 49: DC Office: (202) 225-3906, Vista: (760) 599-5000
Contact Your Local Officials
Calling your local officials often has a bigger impact on policy than calling Congress. Because local officials have fewer calls, you are more likely to speak to high-level staff and perhaps even directly with your representative. In addition, calling local officials can prompt them to take action in your community that plays into national issues. For example, calling about sanctuary city legislation when immigration is a hot topic nationally may be more effective.
To look up your Representative at any level of government, start here.
Browse Orange County’s elected Democrats and their office contact information.
Browse a list of all elected officials serving Orange County.