Rep. Burgess Hosts New Tele-Town Hall Format
Washington, July 25, 2006
Last night, Congressman Michael C. Burgess hosted his second telephone town hall, commonly referred to as a “Tele-Town Hall.” It is the latest and greatest of new technology that a Member of Congress can utilize to communicate more effectively with constituents.
“It is a fireside chat for the 21st Century,” said Congressman Burgess. “The process provides direct interaction between me and my constituents. I hear straight from them about the issues that are most important to them.”
Monday’s call was the second Tele-Town Hall hosted by Congressman Michael Burgess. The July 24th call reached out to a wide range of towns in Denton County. Constituents from Aubrey, Denton, Highland Village, Ponder, Copper Canyon, Flower Mound and many other towns had the opportunity to ask Congressman Burgess a question. Over 20,000 constituents received a message from the Congressman with over 7,000 people participating during the call.
Designed to reach out to constituents who may not be able to attend a physical town hall, the new Tele-Town Hall has met with great success from families with children, senior citizens and others who found it convenient to be on the hour long call in the evenings just after dinner.
“Communicating with constituents is my number one priority,” said Congressman Burgess. “Since January of this year, my office has responded to over 26,000 letters from constituents, but these new Tele-Town Halls give people the option of talking to me from the comfort of their own home.”
How it works
A phone list, gathered from the Texas Secretary of State’s voter registration list, is complied and added to a phone bank. The phone bank automatically dials the constituents as Congressman Burgess prepares to receive calls. As people select to enter into the Tele-Town Hall, Congressman Burgess discusses the basics of the program, provides general information about his office and gives a brief update on recent news and legislative action in Congress. When most callers have opted into the town hall, Congressman Burgess begins taking caller’s question. Each Tele-Town Hall lasts approximately one hour in length as of Members of Congress utilize the same service. While not all caller’s who have a question are able to speak during the allotted time, a voicemail system is in place so anyone can leave their individual message for the Congressman and will receive an answer in reply.
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