How to Address the First Lady of a State: Spouse of Governor or Lt. Governor



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How to Address the First Lady of a State:
Spouse of the Governor or
Spouse of the Lieutenant Governor

      Here is a link to a to forms for the current governor.

      Here is a link to a to forms for a former governor. 
    


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How to Address the Wife of a Governor?    
   I am writing a letter to the wife of the governor of my state.  Do I address her in the salutation as Dear Mrs. (Last Name): or is there another title I should use?  I am inviting her to an event at my school, and I want to make sure I use the correct language in the letter.
     -- Sarah Elizer, Parkview School

Dear Ms. Elizer,
    Yes ... she is addressed in a salutation most correctly as Dear Mrs. (Surname):  
    Look at the form I give for the First Lady of the United States ... you can modify it.
    Use neither Mrs. (Her First Name)(Surname) nor Mrs. (Husband's Full Name) ... Simply
Mrs. (Surname)  is the traditional form.
              Mrs. (Surname)
                    (Governor's Mansion)
                            (City, State, ZIP)

    When she visits your school have everyone address her orally as
Mrs. (Surname).
    Then, when you introduce her the assembled students say ....
        May I present (Her First Name)+(Her Surname), wife of the Governor of the (official name of your state.
    or:
        May I present (Her First Name)+(Her Surname), First Lady of (official name of state).
         -- Robert Hickey

Is the Wife of a Lieutenant Governor a "Second Lady"?
      Is there an official guideline in print somewhere that states we are to address the wife of a Lt. Governor as second lady.  I have not found anything that refers to this or gives that title to a LT. Governor’s spouse.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.

        -- Diane

Dear Diane:
     I see the spouses of many officials informally described as a First Lady to define who they are.  But it's not a form of address. The wife of a lieutenant governor is most formally Mrs. (Surname), wife of the Lieutenant Governor of (Name of State). There is no title.
    The only spouses of government officials I know of having official special forms of address are (1) the spouse of the Queen's representative to a Commonwealth realm ... addressed as His/Her Excellency Mrs. (Husband's full name) in writing and in
Your Excellency conversation ... and (2) the spouse of the Queen's representative to a province ... addressed as His/Her Honor (full name) in writing and in Your Honor conversation.
    Even "First Lady of the United States" is not an office. When the wife of the President attends events as The President's representative she is granted his precedence, but she has no official precedence.
    I've seen "First Lady" used as an honorific at some African-American churches where they address the spouse of their pastor First Lady (Surname). But using "First Lady" as an honorific is not the tradition at the White House or with other political spouses. A current first lady if is correctly addressed as Mrs. (Surname).

 
                    -- Robert Hickey

Is a Girlfriend of an Office Holder Addressed as "First Lady"?
      I have a question about the title of the Governor of our state's girlfriend. Is she be addressed as the First Lady if they aren't married?  Hope you can help. If she isn't called First Lady, how would she be addressed? Thanks so very much.

        -- PR in Florida

Dear PR,
       Spouses, partners, girlfriends (cousins, children, and neighbors, etc.) of officials do not receive any forms of address based on their spouse's/ partner's/ boyfriend's office. Spouses typically DO get preferential seating as a courtesy to the official ... e.g., when they are with the official -or- the preferential seat the official would get when they are representing the official.
       Interestingly the First Lady of the United States is not even on The White House's Precedence List ... since she has no official precedence based on being the 'First Lady': She is not an official – she was not elected.
       And while the wife of a President is described as The First Lady ... there is no official form of address for this un-elected role.  Traditionally she is addressed as Mrs. (Surname).    Yes, you hear newscasters saying First Lady (Her Name) ... but that's not a form of address ... its' a newscaster using a shorthand to refer to her in the third person.
       So back to the girlfriend – If you were to address a invitation's envelope to them, here's how it should look. You don't need to mention his office on a social envelope:
              The Governor of (Name of State)
                     and Ms. (Her Full Name)

                              (Address)
       or
    
       The Honorable (Full Name of the Governor)
                     and Ms. (Her Full Name)

                              (Address)

        -- Robert Hickey


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