December 10, 1962
By Morris K. Udall
CONSTITUENTS, CONGRESSMEN AND COMMUNICATION --
A "GIFT SUBSCRIPTION" SUGGESTION
The word "Congressman" can't be found in the U.S. Constitution; officially we are "Representatives." My job in the U.S. House of Representatives is to represent (or speak for) 500,000 Arizonans.
I can't be an effective representative without a constant two-way flow of communication: I need to know what my people are thinking; they are entitled to information on my voting record, and to explanations of current issues as they appear to me. To discharge my part of this arrangement I have relied heavily on periodic newsletters and special reports mailed to every newspaper in the district, and to a 10,000 name mailing list of which you are a part.
My staff and I put a lot of effort into these reports, and we have been rewarded with a valuable flow of letters commenting both pro and con. Through this process I have been able to test my thinking and information against that of my constituents.
Now I want to expand this mailing list more
broadly throughout the five counties of the new Second District (Cochise,
Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yuma), and I ask for your help. This is my
Also, if you belong to a club or organization whose members would have an interest in these reports, send me the roster and I will be happy to add the names.
This is a "Christmas gift subscription" you can give without charge -- and you will be helping to improve your government and the kind of representation your State has in the Congress.
In the next few weeks you will receive from me a questionnaire, asking your views on major legislation to be considered by the 88th Congress.
In the meantime, my staff and I extend to
all of you our best wishes for a happy holiday season,.
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