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In January, CRAFT wrote about the nuts and bolts of Twitter. Now, we have compiled a Twitter list of the Republican Freshmen class. For those who use Twitter, this list can serve as a constant source of news and information from our nation’s newest Republican lawmakers.
Follow the Twitter list here: @CRAFTdc/follow-the-freshmen.
(Listed by state.)
- John Boozman (Arkansas) @JohnBoozman | @boozman4AR
- Marco Rubio (Florida) @SenRubioPress | @marcorubio
- Mark Kirk (Illinois) @SenatorKirk | @kirk4senate
- Dan Coats (Indiana) @SenDanCoats | @dancoats
- Jerry Moran (Kansas) @JerryMoran
- Rand Paul (Kentucky)@SenRandPaul | @RandPaulSenate
- Roy Blunt (Missouri) @RoyBlunt
- Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire) @ayotte2010
- John Hoeven (North Dakota) @hoeven4senate
- Rob Portman (Ohio) @robportman | @Portman4Senate
- Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania) @SenToomey | @ToomeyForSenate
- Michael S. Lee (Utah) @SenMikeLee | @mikelee2010
- Ron Johnson (Wisconsin) @SenRonJohnson | @ron4senate
(Listed by state.)
- Martha Roby (Alabama 2) @RepMarthaRoby | @MarthaRoby
- Mo Brooks (Alabama 5) @RepMoBrooks | @MoInTheHouse
- Rick Crawford (Arkansas 1) @RepRickCrawford | @Crawford4Cong
- Tim Griffin (Arkansas 2) @RepTimGriffin | @griffincongress
- Steve Womack (Arkansas 3) @rep_stevewomack | @womack4congress
- Paul Gosar (Arizona 1) @RepGosar | @Gosar4Congress
- Ben Quayle (Arizona 3) @benquayle | @bquayle
- David Schweikert (Arizona 5) @RepDavid
- Jeff Denham (California 19) @JeffDenham
- Scott Tipton (Colorado 3) @RepTipton | @ScottRTipton
- Cory Gardner (Colorado 4) @RepCory
- Steve Southerland (Florida 2) @Rep_Southerland | @SoutherlandFL02
- Rich Nugent (Florida 5) @RepRichNugent | @sheriffnugent
- Daniel Webster (Florida 8 ) @WebsterCongress
- Dennis A. Ross (Florida 12) @RepDennisRoss
- Allen West (Florida 22) @AllenWestFL | @AllenWest2010
- Sandy Adams (Florida 24) @RepSandyAdams | @SandyAdams4FL24
- David Rivera (Florida 25) @RepRivera | @DavidRiveraFL
- Rob Woodall (Georgia 7) @votewoodall
- Austin Scott (Georgia 8 ) @AustinScottGA08 | @ScottForGA
- Raúl Labrador (Idaho 1) @Labrador4Idaho
- Joe Walsh (Illinois 8 ) @RepJoeWalsh | @JoeWalsh8th
- Robert Dold (Illinois 10) @ROBERTDOLD
- Adam Kizinger (Illinois 11) @RepKinzinger | @electadam
- Randy Hultgren (Illinois 14) @RandyHultgren
- Bobby Schiling (Illinois 17) @RepSchilling | @Bobby2010
- Todd Rokita (Indiana 4) @ToddRokita
- Larry Bucshon (Indiana 8 ) @RepLarryBucshon | @Larry_Bucshon
- Todd Young (Indiana 9) @RepToddYoung | @ty4c
- Tim Huelskamp (Kansas 1) @CongHuelskamp | @TimHuelskamp
- Kevin Yoder (Kansas 3) @KevinYoder
- Mike Pompeo (Kansas 4) @mikepompeo
- Jeff Landry (Louisiana 3) @repjefflandry | @LandryForLA
- Andy Harris (Maryland 1) @Harris4Congress
- Dan Benishek (Michigan 1) @DanoMI1 | @Benishek
- Bill Huizenga (Michigan 2) @RepHuizenga | @billhuizenga
- Justin Amash (Michigan 3) @repjustinamash
- Tim Walberg (Michigan 7) @RepWalberg | @Tim_Walberg
- Chip Cravaack (Minnesota 8 ) @RepChipCravaack | @ChipCravaack
- Alan Nunnelee (Mississippi 1) @RepAlanNunnelee | @Nunnelee2010
- Steven Palazzo (Mississippi 4) @StevenPalazzo
- Vicky Hartzler (Missouri 4) @RepHartzler | @VickyHartzler
- Billy Long (Missouri 7) @BillyLongMO7
- Joe Heck (Nevada 3) @RepJoeHeck | @Heck4Nevada
- Frank Guinta (New Hampshire 1) @frankguinta
- Charles Bass (New Hampshire 2) @RepCharlesBass | @CharlieBassNJ
- Jon Runyan (New Jersey 3) @Runyan2010
- Steve Pearce (New Mexico 2) @stevepearce2010
- Michael Grimm (New York 13) @Grimm4Congress
- Nan Hayworth (New York 19) @RepNanHayworth | @NanHayworth
- Chris Gibson (New York 20) @RepChrisGibson | @ChrisGibson2010
- Richard Hanna (New York 24) @RepRichardHanna | @Hanna4Congress
- Ann Marie Buerkle (New York 25) @RepBuerkle | @votebuerkle
- Renee Ellmers (North Carolina 2) @RepReneeEllmers
- Rick Berg (North Dakota, At Large) @RepRickBerg
- Steve Chabot (Ohio 1) @RepSteveChabot | @SteveChabot
- Bill Johnson (Ohio 6) @RepBillJohnson
- Steve Stivers (Ohio 12) @RepSteveStivers | @Steve_Stivers
- Jim Renacci (Ohio 16) @JRenacci
- Bob Gibbs (Ohio 18 ) @RepBobGibbs | @Bob_Gibbs
- James Lankford (Oklahoma 5) @RepLankford | @jameslankford
- Mike Kelly (Pennsylvania 3) @MikeKellyforPA3
- Pat Meehan (Pennsylvania 7) @PatMeehanPA
- Mike Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania 8 ) @RepFitzpatrick | @Fitzpatrick2010
- Tom Marino (Pennsylvania 10) @Marino4Congress
- Lou Barletta (Pennsylvania 11) @RepLouBarletta | @loubarletta
- Tim Scott (South Carolina 1) @votetimscott
- Jeff Duncan (South Carolina 3) @Duncan4Congress
- Trey Gowdy (South Carolina 4) @tgowdysc | @tgowdy
- Mick Mulvaney (South Carolina 5) @RepMickMulvaney | @MickMulvaney
- Kristi Noem (South Dakota AL) @KristiNoem
- Chuck Fleischmann (Tennessee 3) @RepChuck | @chuck4congress
- Scott DesJarlais (Tennessee 4) @DesJarlaisTN04 | @tndesjarlais
- Diane Black (Tennessee 6) @DianeBlackTN06
- Stephen Fincher (Tennessee 8 ) @StephenFincher
- Bill Flores (Texas 17) @RepFlores | @Flores4Congress
- Quico Canseco (Texas 23) @RepCanseco | @Quico_Canseco
- Blake Farenthold (Texas 27) @farenthold
- Scott Rigell (Virginia 2) @RepScottRigell | @ScottRigell
- Robert Hurt (Virginia 5) @RepRobertHurt | @RobertHurt
- Morgan Griffith (Virginia 9) @RepMGriffith
- Jaime Herrera (Washington 3) @HerreraBeutler | @JaimeLHerrera
- David McKinley (West Virginia 1) @RepMcKinley | @mckinley4conf
- Sean Duffy (Wisconsin 7) @RepSeanDuffy | @Duffy4Congress
- Reid Ribble (Wisconsin 8 ) @RepRibble | @reidribble
Updated as of February 2, 2011. Please email any additions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just as Twitter was a useful tool when asking for votes, it can be useful for serving constituents and informing the public. I’ll give you some tips I learned from my years working in the U.S. Senate.
In this post I’ll talk about Twitter nuts and bolts. In my next post, I’ll go into what your boss and your office should tweet about.
Start by creating a new, official account
Yes, I know you have thousands of followers on the campaign account. Yes, I know dual accounts can divide your audience, but until House and Senate rules are clarified it’s a good practice to have separate accounts. Just do it. Now, I have seen offices mix official with campaign tweets, and surprisingly haven’t read any stories about whether this is a violation of Congressional rules. To be safe, keep separate accounts and don’t be the first office to be the subject of such a story.
Sign up for an account
And find a good Twitter name ASAP. Even if you don’t know how you’ll use the account you will at least prevent crafty opponents from snapping up your boss’ name.
Get your staff on Twitter
Activists, reporters, and your constituents are talking on Twitter. Join the party. To get good at Twitter you have to use Twitter. Having a few staffers on Twitter also helps when you want to get added exposure for one of your boss’ tweets.
For staffers already on Twitter, advise them to keep a clear distinction between official business tweets, political tweets, and personal tweets. Staffers can maintain their own personality, but they shouldn’t tweet about fundraisers, campaign events, or helping other campaigns on official office time or using office computers or BlackBerrys. Also, staff should assume any tweet could end up on the front page of The Huffington Post. A disclaimer saying “all opinions are my own” won’t stop a reporter from writing a story. No one wants to lose their job because of an unwise tweet.
Don’t have a staffer pretend to tweet as your boss
Ideally your boss should tweet, but there will be those who simply won’t do it. Don’t create the illusion; there’s enough cynicism in politics. You can still be interesting and get followers without the boss tweeting.
If you plan to have a mix of boss and staff tweets, prevent confusion by labeling the tweets as being from staff. For example, Sen. Russ Feingold’s campaign staff used “STAFF” as a label.
Use a URL shortening service like bit.ly to tracks click-throughs. That way you can see what content is most interesting to your boss’ followers. This gives you an instant focus group.
Push videos on Twitter. Mention Twitter in videos, on Facebook, and in emails to constituents. Have staffers put their boss’ Twitter handle in their email signature. Your audience is across multiple channels, so you need a multi-channel approach to reach them.
Mike Templeman was a candidate for the Republican nomination in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District.