HOUSE OF CALLS: We know you want to contact your D.C. lawmakers, Colorado. Here’s how.

3,000 voicemails for one Senator alone.

HOUSE OF CALLS: We know you want to contact your D.C. lawmakers, Colorado. Here’s how.

 

If Congress were a frat house and phone-answering staffers were the pledges, the past seven days would have basically been Hell Week.

The start of Donald Trump’s presidency showed Americans want their representatives in Washington, D.C. to know how they feel. Consider this little data point: The office of Colorado GOP U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner received 3,000 voicemails in one night this week alone. 

Meanwhile, during the first week of the Trump administration, the Washington, D.C. and Lakewood offices of Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter of Golden logged 300 phone calls. About 90 percent of them were related to Trump, his cabinet picks, or executive orders, says spokeswoman Ashley Verville.

“It’s not 3,000 but it’s a lot for our office,” she said.

To put the number in perspective, this week last year the congressman’s two offices got only 16 calls— total, she said. During the first week of Obama’s presidency? About 50 people called in.

As for the offices of Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Denver, “We have received thousands of calls in the past week and it does not feel like it is going to stop any time soon,” says spokeswoman Laurie Cipriano. For Democratic Congresswoman Diana DeGette’s office it was “hundreds of calls, starting on Friday and on through the weekend, when people were leaving voicemails,” says spokeswoman Lynne Weil.

Demonstrators also have been hitting the streets, protesting outside the regional offices of Colorado’s U.S. senators in both parties. Former EPA employees dropped off letters at Bennet’s Denver office urging him to oppose Trump’s choice of Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. And on Tuesday, around 15 people were cited for trespassing at Gardner’s Denver office.

More protests are being planned for Tuesday outside Gardner’s Denver office at noon, according to a sign-up posting at MoveOn.org.  

Given the surge in civic action, we thought we’d let you know how to get in touch with Colorado’s congressional delegation. As we learned this week, sometimes the quickest way to find out where your federal lawmaker stands on a particular issue is to check his or her social media accounts, which we’ve rounded up here for you, too.

OK, to the phone lines and interwebs:

Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s official website, and his Facebook page. You can call his office at (303) 455-7600.

Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s official website, and his Facebook page. You can call his D.C. office at (202) 224-5941.

Republican Congressman Mike Coffman of Aurora’s official website, and his Facebook page. You can call his D.C. office at (202) 225-7882.

Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter of Golden’s official website, and his Facebook page. You can call his D.C. office at (202) 225-2645 and his Lakewood office at (303) 274-7944.

Republican Congressman Ken Buck of Windsor’s official website, and his Facebook page. You can call his D.C. office at (202) 225-4676, his Castle Rock office at (720) 639-9165 or his Greeley HQ at (970) 702-2136.

Democratic Congressman Jared Polis of Boulder’s official website, and Facebook page. You can call his Boulder office at (303) 484-9596, his D.C. office at (202) 225-2161, his Frisco office at (970) 409-7301, and his Fort Collins HQ at (970) 226-1239.

Republican Congressman Scott Tipton of Cortez’s official website, and Facebook page. In a recent statement, Tipton said he wants to hear from people in his district who are green card holders and permanent residents “who have been adversely impacted by the confusion about the executive order to contact my office, so my team and I can provide assistance.”

You can call his D.C office at (202) 225-4761, his Alamosa office at (719) 587-5105, his Durango office at (970) 259-1490, his Pueblo office at (719) 542-1073, and his Grand Junction office at (970) 241-2499.

Democratic Congresswoman Diana DeGette of Denver’s official website, and Facebook page. You can call her D.C. office at (202) 225-4431 and her Denver office at (303) 844-4988.

Colorado Springs Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn’s official website, and Facebook page.

You can call his D.C. office at (202) 225-4422, his Colorado Springs office at (719) 520-0055, and his Buena Vista office at (719) 520-0055.

Photo by Phil Roeder for Creative Commons in Flickr.

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About the Author

Corey Hutchins

is a journalist in Colorado, and Columbia Journalism Review's Rocky Mountain correspondent for the United States Project. Follow him on Twitter @CoreyHutchins and email him at CoreyHutchins [at] gmail [dot] com.

1 Comment

  1. buford on said:

    Republicans just don’t get IT…they are not going to listen to us…they will never govern for us…the Koch boys have won a big victory in washing dc, and Denver…Cory Gardner is a liar…

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