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    Which Orange County members of Congress can you find on Threads?
    • July 8, 2023

    Social media giant Meta launched Threads a day after the Fourth of July holiday, and the brand-new Twitter alternative app has already picked up steam, becoming the most rapidly downloaded app.

    More than 30 million people signed up within the first few hours of the launch, said Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg — and that includes many members of Orange County’s congressional delegation. Others, though, are still relying on more familiar platforms to communicate with their constituents.

    Here’s a look at who is on Threads, so far, and what social media platform each lawmaker prefers.

    Rep. Linda Sánchez

    While Sánchez doesn’t have a platform she prefers, she’s on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and as of this week, Threads, she said. According to her official Instagram page, Sánchez was the 37,483,870th person to make a Threads account.

    “Looking forward to connecting with folks across #CA38 here,” her first Threads post says.

    Sánchez, D-Whittier, also has a Medium account where she’s written several blog posts on topics ranging from the Jan. 6 Capitol attack to holiday happenings around her district.

    Additionally, she regularly does town halls, both in-person and virtual, and hosts “Coffee with the Congresswoman” events where she meets with constituents at coffee shops and senior centers to chat about their concerns.

    And while social media is useful for getting news out to her constituents, she said, she also has a weekly newsletter. Folks on the list get updates on local events and happenings in Washington, D.C.

    Rep. Young Kim

    Kim, who has not yet signed up for a Threads account, said she is “open to it if it can help reach more constituents.” The Anaheim Hills Republican is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — and uses Facebook most often to keep in touch with constituents.

    Aside from social media, Kim said she’s held dozens of town halls, webinars, roundtables and other public events and encourages constituents to subscribe to her weekly e-newsletter for “regular updates on upcoming events … and her work in Congress.”

    Rep. Michelle Steel

    Instagram is Steel’s social media app of choice because it’s a “fun way of sharing great moments with constituents,” spokesperson Claire Nance said. Steel is sticking to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to get news out to her constituents and hasn’t made a Threads account, Nance said.

    Like her colleagues, Steel meets with constituents in-person in the district so she can answer questions and directly hear about the challenges they are facing, according to Nance.

    Rep. Lou Correa

    The Anaheim Democrat joined Threads in its early days, with his first post about immigration reform.

    “I’m on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. And I’ve already added Threads to that list,” said Correa. “The more ways to get information out there to the folks who need to hear it, the better.”

    Hey everyone! You can now also officially find me over on Threads—where I will continue to not stop talking about immigration reform.

    — Rep. Lou Correa (@RepLouCorrea) July 7, 2023

    Out of the now-four social media platforms he’s on, Correa said he prefers Facebook: “I’ve used Facebook for years. I know that’s where the majority of my constituents get their information, and I like to meet them where they are.”

    And while he loves to let his constituents know what’s going on via social media, Correa uses old-school methods, too.

    “I also like to make sure my office is sending out e-blasts to our newsletter subscribers and letting our local press … know what I’m working on, and what’s on the minds of my constituents,” Correa said. “And, of course, I like to make my rounds at neighborhood events as well.”

    Correa, who lives a short distance away from his childhood neighborhood, said constituents could simply find him “out and about in the neighborhood, oftentimes at Costco or Home Depot.”

    Rep. Katie Porter

    Porter, who’s active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Threads, is the only member of Orange County’s congressional delegation who is on TikTok, where she has hundreds of thousands of followers.

    And Porter, who’s had many viral social media moments in her career, has TikTok videos that each have accumulated millions of views.


    Bigger corporate profits account for OVER HALF of the higher prices people are paying. #congress #pricegouging #corporategreed

    ♬ original sound – Rep. Katie Porter

    “To get news out, she believes in meeting people where they are, which means a combination of events, emails, letters, social media and more,” spokesperson Jordan Wong said.

    On Threads, Porter recently praised President Joe Biden’s plan to curtail surprise medical bills and shared her own work to “protect patients from the long-term harms of medical debt.” (Porter has two Threads accounts: one is her congressional page and the other is for her U.S. Senate campaign.)

    Rep. Mike Levin

    Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, is on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and now Threads, said spokesperson Raymond Rodriguez.

    “We want to connect with constituents on various social media platforms,” Rodriguez said.

    He has two Threads accounts — one is his personal page and the other is his government account — and in his first post, Levin shared a photo of him and his wife, Chrissy.

    Like his Democratic colleague Correa, Levin prefers Facebook because “it allows direct communication with constituents and supports different types of media like videos, photos, live town halls and more,” Rodriguez said.

    Levin also uses a variety of methods to get news out to his constituents, including monthly town halls, direct meetings with constituents, monthly e-newsletters and mass texts.

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    ​ Orange County Register