OK! you agree that “democracy is everyone’s responsibility,” and you’re ready to get involved. Great! Let’s roll up our sleeves and…get…involved? I, um. How?
If you’re like many of us, the initial resolve to do something, and quick! quickly runs up against a lot of practical concerns. Among these are,”What?” and “When” and “How?” In Civics 101, which we hope will be regular feature of CCC, we’ll answer some of those questions.
Today’s Civics 101? Indiana’s Third Congressional District. Here’s a quick Q&A:
What are congressional districts?
A congressional district is a geographical area whose residents elect a single representative to the U.S. House of Representatives.
What’s my district?
If you’re like most of us in CCC, you are in the Indiana Third District. Unfortunately, district lines don’t always neatly follow county divisions. The easiest way to see if you are in the Indiana Third is to look at the map below. If you don’t think you’re in the Third, you can look up your district here.
Who are my representatives?
Everyone in the U.S. has three representatives to congress: two senators and a U.S. House representative. In the Third District, you are represented by Senator Joe Donnelly (D), Senator Todd Young (R), and Representative Jim Banks (R).
What do these guys stand for?
Well. It’s complicated, and we’ll get more into that as we go on. For starters, a great way to figure it out is to check out their websites, linked above, and read their campaign and policy statements. Another is to look at GovTrack, a nonpartisan site that explains what legislation your representatives have introduced and endorsed. Take a moment and check out Young, Donnelly, and Banks’ GovTrack records.
If you’re on social media, you should also like their pages on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. This is a good way to stay up-to-date on their legislative priorities.
How do I contact them?
In this order of of preference (1) show up at scheduled town hall meetings or go to their offices when they’re there (2) call (3) send a letter, or (4) send an email/contact them on social media.
- B33 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
- (202) 224-5623
- 720 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
- (202) 224-4814
- 1300 S Harrison St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Washington D.C. Office
- 509 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
- Phone: 202-225-4436