CongressLookup Overview

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WordPress Plugin: CongressLookup

CongressLookup is a free WordPress plugin giving your site visitors an easy way to find United States senators and representatives for a specific zip code and address.  CongressLookup makes it easier to launch a grassroots campaign for your favorite cause and will keep your visitors on your site instead of sending them elsewhere to find their legislators.

Where The Data Comes From
CongressLookup uses data provided by Google Maps GeoCoding API and Sunlight Foundation APIs.  For more information and how to obtain your API key see the FAQs.

Google Maps GeoCoding API
By using this plugin you are bound by the Google Maps terms of use.  Google GeoCoding API limits use to 2,500 requests per IP address per day.  We have added a cache feature (default setting is 30 minutes) you can set to reduce the number of requests made to the API.  If you anticipate 2,500 is not enough for your site, please contact us about a custom solution.

Sunlight Foundation APIs
CongressLookup uses free databases provided by the Sunlight Foundation through the use of an API key registered to the site it will be used on.   To obtain one for your site, create a free account and it will be emailed to you.

The following information can be displayed for each legislator.  You can turn any of these on/off in the Admin settings:  Birthdate, Congresspedia URL, District, Email, Fax, Gender, Picture, Phone, State, Title, Webform, and Website.

Using CongressLookup Plugin
The minimum information needed to get results is a 5-digit zip code.  However, some zip codes cover more than one congressional district so the more of the address is entered the more accurate the results will be.

CongressLookup is implemented on your WordPress site with use of a shortcode.  See the Quick Start Guide and FAQs for more information.

Customizing The Look of the Plugin
There are three theme options available: No Theme, Modern and Custom Theme.

  • No Theme: Uses the core styling from your theme without adding any of it’s own.
  • Custom Theme: Allow you to create your own look using CSS and comes with a demo area to preview your changes.
  • Modern Theme:

Please use the CongressLookup plugin support tab on the website. Keeping support questions and answers public helps everyone. But feel free to contact us here for any other help you may need.