Congress = Innovative? iConstituent Launching Mobile Apps for Congressmen and Women

July 25, 2011

2:54 pm

Congress isn’t exactly associated with innovation, but a DC-based startup has been helping bring Congress into the 21st century with more interactive, online communications that go beyond eNewsletters.

iConstituent provides nearly 40% of Congress, statewide office holders, state legislative caucuses, and various non-governmental organizations with products and services that range from website publishing to smartphone apps.

Yes, smartphone apps.  Republican Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss released an iPhone app that allow his constituents to call his office, check his position and other contact information, take surveys and access content generated by his office.   Here’s a short video explaining the app:

A bunch of House members, including Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), Erik Paulsen (R-Minn), and Bill Shuster (R-Penn.), already have their own apps, also developed by iConstituent.

While I think making it easier to keep in touch with your Congressional representatives is a great idea, I am curious as to how many people have downloaded and are actually using these apps.  Though with frustration over Congress’ inability to agree on a debt reduction plan, this might be a great time to start using the app to communicate with Congress!

If your Senator or Representative has (or if they had) a mobile app, would you use it?  Leave a comment below!

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Monika Jansen is a writer and editor who is happiest pounding out blog posts, newsletters, website content, and other materials. Follow her at: @monikacjansen

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