Congratulate an Official on an Appointment or on Winning an Election — Letter-Writing Tutorial


These congratulatory letters can also function as a device to prod officials to take action on an agenda you advocate or favor.


1. Start with a direct statement of congratulations.


  • Congratulations on your victory in yesterday's election!
  • Good job in the recent election!
  • We couldn't be happier since we heard of your new appointment. Congratulations!
  • It gives us renewed faith in the system to see that the right person won. We are delighted.
  • Congratulations on your election to the State Assembly.
  • We want you to know how happy we are that you have been appointed to the Assembly. It gives us hope for the future. Please accept our sincere congratulations and warm wishes.
  • I was thrilled to read of your appointment to the board of directors at Doe Corporation. I know you are just the right person for the job.
  • I woke up this morning to the good news that "my man" had won the election. Congratulations on this victory!


  • a much-deserved win
  • being elected to
  • congratulations and best wishes
  • congratulations on
  • couldn't be happier
  • couldn't be more pleased
  • did a great job of
  • please accept my
  • taking office as
  • the right person for the job
  • want you to know
  • was thrilled to hear of
  • was good to hear
  • was delighted to hear
  • winning the election as
  • your victory in the election
  • your decisive victory
  • your election to
  • your recent appointment to
  • your appointment as

2. Acknowledge such things as the effort, dedication, energy, and sacrifice necessary for the achievement.


  • This was a hard-fought campaign, and I am sure you are looking forward to getting on with the business of government.
  • I have followed your record carefully, and I know you are the right person for the job.
  • You ran a good, clean campaign against a formidable opponent.
  • We think the public is finally seeing the work you have done in behalf of the entire community. I assure you that your work has not gone unnoticed here.
  • Often those who work the hardest are not those we hear about. I'm glad that in this case your work is being noted. The district needs to know what you are doing.
  • I can't help admiring your skill, both on the campaign trail and in Congress. You really seem to enjoy your work without getting frustrated and angry when things don't go your way.
  • This victory clearly acknowledges your outstanding service to the community, as well as our district's trust in you.


  • a hard-fought campaign
  • all appreciate your
  • all those hours of campaigning
  • an honor you richly deserve
  • can be proud of
  • can't help but admire your
  • greatly appreciate your
  • have followed your record carefully
  • have followed your progress
  • kept your cool throughout
  • looking forward to
  • need more people like you
  • our confidence in you
  • proud of your success
  • ran a good, clean campaign
  • ran against a formidable opponent
  • so much time and effort
  • strong leadership role
  • the right person for the job
  • this heavy responsibility
  • while on the campaign trail
  • will do an excellent job of
  • your energy and vision
  • your outstanding service to

3. Discuss any bills, programs, or ideas that you hope the new official will support.


  • You ran on your record as a conservative, and the people of this community obviously liked what you have been doing. Keep up the good work!
  • Your overwhelming victory is a clear mandate to move ahead with your program.
  • Please continue with your support of Second Amendment rights.
  • We strongly urge you to work for legislation to protect the rights of the elderly who live in the many retirement communities in your district.
  • Despite what is happening in the rest of the country, it is apparent that this community still supports the party platform. That is why we reelected you, and we know you will continue to speak out for what is right.
  • One of the main reasons I voted for you is that you voiced your support for anti-crime legislation. I hope you will continue to speak loudly and clearly on this issue, so that we can make our streets safe once again.


  • are sure you will not forget
  • are very satisfied with
  • have a clear mandate to
  • hope you will continue to
  • it is apparent that
  • keep up the good work
  • know you will
  • on the issue of
  • please continue with your
  • supported you all the way because
  • the people of this community
  • the most critical problem in this area is
  • this community still supports
  • thousands of us are counting on you to
  • to move ahead with
  • to speak loudly and clearly on
  • to keep in mind the
  • to speak out against
  • to work for
  • urge you to
  • voted for you because
  • were reelected because of your
  • will continue to
  • your support of

4. Offer your services or support, as appropriate.


  • You have my confidence and support, and if there is anything I can do to help move your programs forward, please let me know.
  • I have enclosed a check for $500 to help cover your final campaign costs.
  • If there is anything I can do to help you, I am at your service.
  • As long as you continue to advocate the Republican platform, you have my full support.
  • My area of expertise is in public planning. If I can help or advise you in this area, I am both willing and able.


  • am willing to
  • am at your service
  • am willing and able to
  • anything I can do to
  • are behind you in
  • as long as you continue to
  • have my total confidence
  • have my full support
  • have enclosed a check for
  • if there is anything I can do
  • my area of expertise is
  • our group would like to
  • to be involved with
  • to serve as a volunteer
  • to help move your programs forward
  • to help cover your
  • would be happy to
  • would be willing to
  • would be happy to

5. Express anticipation of future successes.


  • I look forward to great things from you in the future.
  • I look forward to hearing about many more of your successes.
  • Your success has given us confidence to work within the system. We look forward to having more contacts with you.
  • Best wishes for continued success. You have my complete confidence.
  • We feel that your appointment gives us hope for some long overdue changes.
  • Good luck as you implement the changes you have discussed.
  • Keep up the good work!


  • a great experience for you
  • an outstandingly successful term
  • as you implement your ideas
  • best wishes for
  • expect to see
  • for even more success in the future
  • good wishes go with you to
  • have my full support
  • in the future
  • in all you do
  • keep up the good work
  • look forward to
  • real change in the coming years
  • to hearing about
  • to seeing great things from you
  • trust this will be
  • will make a real difference
  • wish you every success
  • wish you all the best
  • wish you every success

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