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xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

How do I address a Congressman?

Asked by xxporkxsodaxx (1386points) May 21st, 2010

I need to write a letter to my congressman obviously, but I don’t know how to start it off.

Like is it Mr. Sessions, Congressman Sessions, Mr. Congressman Sessions. Do I use his first name? Or is last only OK?

Douse me with your knowledge.

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xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

@cyanoticwasp, I found that info thing already, it’s not what I’m looking for.

I’m looking for how to start off the introduction to my letter, like “Dear Mike,”.

Rarebear's avatar

Dear Congressman Sessions, or Dear Representative Sessions:

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

Do I need the colon for both or for the last one?

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Rarebear's avatar

Use a colon for any business letter.

Rarebear's avatar

So for example,
Dear Congressman Sessions:

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

@rare, it’s not a business letter, I’m asking him to send me a packet to fill out for a service academy nomination

@loli, “Hey, how about no!”

perspicacious's avatar

Verbally Congressman or Senator.

In business writing, The Honorable xxxxx xxxxxx, United States Senate, etc. This is for the address. The salutation would be Dear Congressman xxxx or Dear Senator xxxxx.

cyn's avatar

Here’s the correct punctuation: a comma for a personal letter, a colon for a business letter, and either punctuation mark in an email.

Since this is a letter to a congressman, I’d suggest you make the letter as formal as possible. Good luck :)

Strauss's avatar

Since you don’t know the congressman personally (I assume), and since the letter is to an “official” the greeting would be “Dear Congressman Sessions:” or “Dear Representative Sessions:”. The two forms of address would be interchangeable.

@ragingloli, I think that would be “Hey Asshole!” followed by a colon:

Rarebear's avatar

@xxpo You still use a colon.

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Kayak8's avatar

On the link that @CyanoticWasp provided above, it indicates that you should use the inside address format and salutation format shown below:

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

Dear Senator:

@xxporkxsodaxx Any request of a Senator or Congressperson (such as you indicated) is most definitely a “business letter.”

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