Tennessee lawmakers stay connected with constituents

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers use different means to stay connected with constituents in the digital age.

The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1Or1m01) reports U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis uses emails and tweets, and he carries a government-issued BlackBerry, an iPad and a personal iPhone.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. of Knoxville mostly stays away from newer technology when it comes to communicating. Duncan says he prefers phone conservations to cyberspace communications. He doesn’t use email or text and aides tweet on his behalf.

Cohen has become the norm in Congress, where most members have both official and private email accounts and carry more than one mobile device.

Both of Tennessee’s senators have email accounts to help them stay connected to constituents.