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Politician comes out with his own app

Constituent outreach? There’s an app for that.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) became the first senator to release a mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch on Wednesday, offering his constituents a way to get in touch with him.

The app provides access to news from Chambliss’s office, including news releases, video and a way to participate in constituent surveys. It also has the capability to call the senator’s office straight from the app.

Chambliss joins several House members who have released apps published by D.C.-based tech company iConstituent.

Zain Khan, chief executive of iConstituent, said that all members’ apps follow the same template and that the company is currently working on Android versions of the apps.

“What we’re seeing now is that there’s a tremendous growth in use of applications, and what we’re seeing is that this is just another way for a constituent to access information on his or her representative,” Khan said. He said future versions of the app will be more interactive.

The app is free from the Apple App store and requires iOS 4 or greater.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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