Upset about politics? Call your congressman
The Park Record editorial, February 8-10, 2017
February 7, 2017
There is an undercurrent of anxiety running across the country right now, and Summit County is not immune. Citizens from both ends of the political spectrum — and many in the middle – are simmering with suspicion and uncertainty.
But if the attention that is suddenly being paid to our political system can be turned into positive civic engagement, we may look back at this electoral transition as a valuable lesson. Think about it. When have the nuances of the Constitution and the nominating process for presidential cabinet nominees ever been so publically scrutinized? And when, in recent history have we seen thousands of residents flocking to town hall meetings and speed dialing their congressmen?
These are indeed interesting, if uncomfortable, times. They are also empowering.
The next several weeks are particularly critical as congress vets President Donald Trump's nominees for the Supreme Court and cabinet, among other vital leadership posts. and signs additional executive orders on issues ranging from immigration to repealing the Affordable Care Act.
Regardless of who you voted for in November, we encourage you to let those who won know where you stand. It is their job to listen.
In that spirit, we offer this refrigerator-door-worthy list of contacts for your U.S. Congressmen. Many of their positions, including those on public lands, Planned Parenthood, President Trump's cabinet picks, etc., are listed on their individual websites.
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Summit County is represented by the following individuals in Washington, D.C.:
Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican)
Washington, D.C., office: 202-224-5251
Salt Lake City Office: 801-524-4380
Email (comment form):
Senator Mike Lee (Republican)
Washington, D.C. office: 202-224-5444
Salt Lake City Office: 801-524-5933
Email (comment form):
U.S. House of Representatives
Representative Rob Bishop (Republican)
Washington, D.C. office: 202-225-0453
Ogden office (main Utah office): 801-625-0107
Email (comment form for constituents):
On their websites Representatives Rob Bishop, Dist. 1; Chris Stewart, Dist. 2; Jason Chaffetz, Dist. 3 and Mia Love, Dist. 4 state that they only respond to emails from constituents in their own districts. Summit County is in Rob Bishop's district. However, their phone numbers are:
Representative Chris Stewart
Washington, D.C. office: 202-225-9730
Salt Lake City District Office: 801-364-5550
Representative Jason Chaffetz
Washington, DC, office: 202-225-7751
Provo District office: 801-851-2500
Representative Mia Love
Washington, D.C. office: 202-225-3011
West Jordan District Office: 801-996-8729