Every Coloradan has two U.S. Senators and a U.S. Representative (also known as a Congressman or Congresswoman). Both Senators represent the state as a whole and have district offices throughout the state. Colorado is divided into seven Congressional Districts and each district has a Representative. Representatives have several offices within their districts to serve their constituents. Representative and Senators have offices in Washington DC as well.
DC offices are primarily concerned with the legislative business of Congress. District offices focus on constituent services. Contacting a district office is often the best way to identify which staff member can help you with your request whether that person is in the same office or in DC.
Nonprofits have many reasons to contact their members of Congress. Common reasons include, but are not limited to:
Except during a holiday or recess, members of Congress will probably be in DC and unavailable for meetings in Colorado. When they are back in Colorado, their schedules fill up quickly. Because they are so busy, you will most likely meet with a staff member. Staff members have more time to devote to your request and often have subject matter expertise. So, you should treat staff members as you would treat the member of Congress.
Representatives are more responsive to constituents. Although their staff members will help you if they can, they discourage individuals from other districts from sending emails or making phone calls to their offices. Unless your organization serves the entire state or multiple districts, it’s usually best to communicate with the Representative of the district where your offices are located.