How to Address a Lieutenant Governor of a State of the United States



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How to Address a Lieutenant Governor
of a State of the United States

Envelope, official:
    The Honorable
        (Full name)
            Lieutenant Governor of (state)
                (Address)

Letter salutation:
    Dear Mr./Ms. (surname):


FYI, here is what's come in to the Blog that relates to this office/rank.
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How to Address a Former Lt. Governor?
      How do I address an envelope and letter to a former lieutenant governor?
           -- E-L C, in California

     How should I address our former Lieutenant Governor, and is also a medical doctor, who is married.  I understand that he would be addressed as The Honorable, but am in question as to whether or not the title of Doctor would be included?
     If addressed on a wedding invitation, should the outer would read?:
              The Honorable Stephen Wilson and Mrs. Wilson
     As for the inner, should it read?:
              Dr. and Mrs. Wilson
      Any assistance with this question would be greatly appreciated.
     -- Claudia Harrison, Hendersonville, TN


Dear E-L C, and Ms. Harrison:
    
While a lieutenant governor might me identified or orally addressed as Lieutenant Governor (Name) by others while in office …. even a current lieutenant governor is formally, directly addressed in writing as Mr./Ms. (Name) –– or with whatever honorific to which he or she was entitled before assuming the office of lieutenant governor.
     So a former lieutenant governor is the Honorable but uses
whatever honorific to which he or she was entitled before assuming office.
    
What Claudia suggests is perfect for her physician/lieutenant governor.  As a former elected official he continues to be the Honorable, and as a doctor his honorific goes back to what he was using before his service: Dr.
     With the form including a spouse, put her name on a second line ... formally he gets his name on a line of his own, not combined with hers:
        The Honorable Stephen Wilson
            and Mrs. Wilson

    and then on the inside envelope:
        Dr. and Mrs. Wilson

           
  -- Robert Hickey

How to Write an Official's Name on a Place Card?
       Can you tell me how to write mayor's name on a formal place card?
Do I refer to him as:
              The Honorable Mayor Darr
       or is it:
              Mayor Mark A. Darr
       -- Nicole in Little Rock

       I am hosting a dinner for a U.S. Senator. How should her place card be written? Is it  Senator Dianne Feinstein? – or – Diane Feinstein, U.S. Senator ?
       -- Debbie in Corporate Affairs

      Can you help me with the proper form to use on a place card for the following person?:  H.E. Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Qatar.
       --  William at the Statehouse 

Dear Nicole, Debbie & William:
       I provide complete details on how to write place cards in book if these sorts of things comes up often.

       A formal place card simply identifies a person's seat. The name is written on one side of the card: the side facing the guest.  You write his or her's name as he or she is addressed in conversation:
                     Mr. HIckey
                     Mayor Darr
                     Senator Feinstein
                     Sheikh Mohammed
       When the person holds a high office, another option is to write just title of the office the official holds.  E.g.,:
                     The President
                     The Chief Justice
                     The Mayor of (City)
                     The Minister of Foreign Affairs
       At not 'purely' social events, larger double-sided tent cards or placards (text on both sides, so others at the table can see who is who and network) can have whatever information the host decides is useful:
              The Honorable Mark A. Darr
              Mayor of (Name of City)
      or
              The Honorable Diane Feinstein
              Senator for California
      or
              H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani
              Minister of Foreign Affairs
      or
              H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani
              Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar
     
But these latter forms are not actually formal place cards.
        -- Robert Hickey

How to Address a Lieutenant Governor?
Lieutenant Governor? Lieutenant? Governor?
 
   It has been said the Lieutenant Governor of a US state should be addressed as Governor just as a Lt. Colonel is addressed as Colonel.  People want to address the Lt. Gov. with the whole title of "Lieutenant Governor", however, that is very cumbersome.  Or should the person address simply be, "Mr. Jones"?
        -- Wondering

Dear Wondering:
    Addressing a lieutenant governor as Governor (name) is really going to displease the Governor of your state. There is only one Governor. 
     Actually, lieutenant governors don't have a special honorific for their office. Simply address him or her as Mr./Ms./etc. (name) ... and identify as the Lieutenant Governor of (state) as necessary.
    You might hear the Lieutenant Governor referred to as  "Lieutenant Governor Herbert" or "Lieutenant Governor Bell" in the media, but these are phrases used to identify these officials in a news story, not a direct forms of address.

         -- 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.
    On the website of the "First Lady of California" ... Maria Shriver is referred to her as First Lady Maria Shriver ... but that's not a form of address .... it's descriptive of who she is.  If you actually meet her ... call her Ms. Shriver (since she's stated she prefers Shriver than to being addressed as Mrs. Schwarzenegger.)
    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. Michelle Obama is correctly addressed as Mrs. Obama.

 
                    -- Robert Hickey


Not Finding Your Question Answered?
Below are other topics covered in my blog and at right is a list of officials, Between the two I probably have what you are looking for.
     After hunting around a bit, if you don't see your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day (unless I am traveling.)
      If I think your question is of interest to others, I will post the question & answer – with your name and any personal specifics changed.
      -- Robert Hickey

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