Listening to You and Helping You With the Federal Government

January 17, 2016
Editorial

by Representative John Moolenaar

It is an honor to serve you in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 2015, I met with constituents in all 15 counties in Michigan’s Fourth Congressional District to hear their concerns about what is happening in Washington and our country.

I have made it a priority to be accessible and available to you, and to be responsive to your requests and concerns.

Last year, I held listening sessions across the district to meet with constituents. I heard from them about our nation’s spending, taxes, national security and a variety of other issues. To better notify constituents of these events, my office sent 205,782 emails in advance and notices were published in local media.

My office also uses email and social media to communicate with constituents. Last year, my office sent over 880,000 emails to residents of the Fourth Congressional District to inform residents about upcoming events and to share news updates. I also sent surveys on issues before Congress and received more than 3,000 responses on issues including Iran and Common Core.

If you would like to receive email communications, you can subscribe to my newsletter at https://moolenaar.house.gov/newsletter.

Over 5,800 of your friends and neighbors have liked my Facebook page where updates are regularly posted. The address is Facebook.com/RepMoolenaar. I am also on Instagram, at Instagram.com/RepMoolenaar.

Members of my staff are also available to assist constituents when they have a problem with a federal agency.

Constituent service representatives held office hours in every one of the Fourth District’s 15 counties, hosting over 150 constituent office hours in 2015.

At these office hours, constituents who need assistance with a federal agency are invited to attend and talk to a member of my staff about the problem they are having with an agency. No appointment is necessary.

A list of upcoming office hours is available online at https://moolenaar.house.gov/officehours.

In total, my office assisted with over 1,000 cases involving federal agencies, including Veterans Affairs, the IRS and the Social Security Administration.

In 2015, my office responded to 26,172 emails and letters from constituents. If you would like to share your views on policies that are being debated in Congress, you can visit my website at https://moolenaar.house.gov/contact/email to send me an email.

The Washington office can help you plan a visit to our nation’s capital, provide tour information for the U.S. Capitol Building and The White House, or order an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol for a special occasion. The links for these services are https://moolenaar.house.gov/tours and https://moolenaar.house.gov/flags.

If you are having an issue with a federal agency or would like to share your input on legislation, please contact my offices in Midland at (989) 631-2552 or in Washington, D.C. at (202) 225-3561 for assistance.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need assistance with an agency or would like to share your policy views. It is an honor to serve as your representative.

U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, represents Michigan’s Fourth Congressional District which is made up of Clare, Clinton, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon, Shiawassee, and Wexford counties, and parts of Montcalm and Saginaw counties.