Contacting Our Representatives in Congress…by Phone

We talked about how “cheap” our online attention is. By that same metric, an awkward, yucky, hard-to-make-yourself-do phone call to senators and house representatives is expensive. Doing it shows how important whatever issue you’re calling about is, because or else you wouldn’t have done it. A phone call is powerful. Calling an officeholder is a great way to make your voice known on an issue you care about, as well as a great way to practice speaking on the phone–an important professional communication skill that is hard to find ways to practice. And the potential upside is huge: You could make the world a better place, and I know you’re into that! If you want to leave a message on a voicemail and avoid human contact, call the D.C. office; you’re more likely to reach a person (although not the actual person you’re calling) if you call the local office.

Our Senators (OHIO)


Sen. Sherrod Brown
D.C. office: (202) 224-2315
Cleveland office: (216) 522-7272

Sen. Rob Portman
D.C. office: (202) 224-3353
Cleveland office: (216) 522-7095

Our House Representative (District 11)


Rep. Marcia Fudge
D.C. office: (202) 225-7032
Cleveland office: (216) 522-4900

Congressional Leaders (National)


Rep. Paul Ryan (WI, Speaker of the House) 
D.C. office: (202) 225-3031
WI office: (608) 752-4711

Sen. Mitch McConnell (KY, Majority Leader)

D.C. office: (202) 224-2541
KY office: (502) 582-6304

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