FOX19 - Communicating with the people that represent you sounds like a big task, but it is generally easy. They have a staff of people in their office to answer questions on their positions on issues, hear your concerns and even help you with non-political problems like getting veteran's benefits and expediting passports.
Every member of Congress is different in their preferred ways to listen to constituent issues. But reaching out on Facebook and Twitter are generally not effective. Think about, politicians are top targets for trolls of the opposite party. They probably don't have a lot of time to shift through tweets while bouncing around the Capitol.
However, they do have staffers that monitor social media, so if enough people are talking about the same issue, that could reach them. Just don't expect a personal response.
Sending emails and letters is better, but it could be difficult for staffers to go through everything and it is possible your mail could get buried. The best way to get in contact: Phone.
Like any other method of contacting your Senator or Representative, a large volume of phone calls can be overwhelming for their office. But, that means the boss hear about it. Even a dozen calls on a single issue can make an impact, especially on an issue your Congressman or woman may be on the fence on. But calls will put issues on that office's radar and you will generally get an explanation on where they stand on whatever issue you're talking about.
Which office you call also matters. Members of Congress have offices in DC, but also have offices in their home district and state.Be sure to also contact your representative. Sometimes it can be beneficial to reach out to someone outside your region, especially if they are in a leadership position, but it is generally more effective to contact the person you or your neighbors sent to Washington.
On top of gripes or seeking help with a federal agency, it never hurts to praise your Congressman or woman for things you appreciate they did. They are people too.
Finally, if you are in D.C., you can walk into their offices and talk to staff.
Sen. Rob Portman – Republican, Ohio
Sen. Sherrod Brown – Democrat, Ohio
Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell – Republican, Kentucky
Fort Wright: 859-578-0188
Sen. Rand Paul -Republican, Kentucky
Bowling Green: 270-782-8303
Sen. Joe Donnelly – Democrat, Indiana
Sen. Todd Young – Republican, Indiana
Rep. Steve Chabot – Republican, Ohio's 1st Congressional District
Rep. Brad Wenstrup – Republican, Ohio's 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Warren Davidson – Republican, Ohio's 8th Congressional District
West Chester: 513-779-5400
Rep. Steve Stivers – Republican, Ohio's 15th District
Clinton County: 937-283-7049
Rep. Thomas Massie – Republican, Kentucky's 4th Congressional District
Northern Kentucky: 859-426-0080
Rep. Luke Messer – Republican, Indiana's 6th Congressional District