"Speaking for myself, constituent opinions are a curcial component to my decision-making process as a Member of Congress. I was elected to represent my constituents and their interests in Washington. The only way I can do that effectively is if I hear directly from my constituents on what is important to them and why.
I receive these opinions in a variety of ways. Often times, constituents will place calls, write letters, or send e-mails to my office after reading an article in the newspaper or hearing something about a proposal. My staff records each of these opinions which I later read. In addition, many people approach me at events in my district to chat with me about what they are thinking on a particular issue. Both modes of communication are important.
I thank you and your organization for communicating the importance of constituent opinions. Please let me know if I can help in this effort in any way." -Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, 1st District, Rhode Island