Congressman Jim Matheson said that more than 100,000 Utahns have participated in his 21 telephone town halls he has held so far this year.
Matheson began offering the phone town hall format several years ago, as a convenient way for Utahns to talk about issues with him when he was working in Washington D.C. Technology allows him to dial directly to thousands of constituents’ homes, letting them decide whether and for how long to listen, as well as to personally ask a question.
“Hearing from Utahns has always been a top priority for me in this job. It makes me a better representative. It’s also a way for me to learn about the good ideas that my constituents have about solving problems,” said Matheson.
Matheson said the outreach method has proved to be very well received. The telephone town halls—while popular—are but one of many communication tools Matheson uses to stay in touch. Matheson said he continues to participate in many public events and forums throughout Utah.