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Saxby Chambliss, On Your iPhone

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 15 2011

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) today released a mobile app compatible with iPhones and other Apple devices.

A press release from Chambliss' office claims this is the first official application offered by a U.S. Senator.

Through the application, users can call Chambliss' office, check his position and other contact information, take constituent surveys and get content produced by his office.

Chambliss' staff developed the app with iConstituent, a company that builds constituent contact tools for congressional offices and their constituents. During the health care debate, iConstituent's "tele-townhall" tools — for hosting large, moderated conference calls — saw widespread use among members of Congress who wanted to avoid the problems their colleagues were having with tense and sometimes physically violent in-person events.

The company already provides mobile applications for several representatives in the House, including Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) and Bill Shuster (R-Penn.)