How to Address an Assemblyman
How to Address an Assemblywoman

How to Address a Member of the State Assembly

—-Envelope, official:
—-—-The Honorable
—-—-(Full Name)
—-—-(Name of state legislature)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Assemblyman/-woman/-member (Surname):
—-—-Dear Mr./Ms. (Surname):

Formal address in writing to a member of a state assembly is as the Honorable (Full Name). In a salutation or conversation the traditional form is Mr./Ms. (Surname)’.

However, as a commonl practice, ‘Assemblyman / Assemblywoman / Assemblymember (Surname)’ are used orally anytime it is desired to emphasize the office held or in the media as a reporter seeks to to clarify who said what in a news report.  Note that one of the Assemblyman, -woman, -member may be the preference of the official. Often checking their website’s banner shows the one they prefer.

Compare to member of the U.S. Congress / U.S. House of Representatives.     How to Address an Assemblyman Assemblywoman

—-See Also These Related Posts:
——–Assemblyman or Assemblywoman, State
——–Commissioner, State
——–Delegate, State
——–President of a State Assembly
——–Representative, State
——–Senator, State

How to Address a Assemblyman & Spouse?

How do you address an envelope to our Assemblywoman and her husband?|
—-—-Assemblywoman Terri and Mr. Tom Collins
– J.A.W.

Dear J.A.W,

—-On the mailing envelope the elected official gets their name first and kept as a unit.  The spouse is listed second:

—-—-The Honorable Terri Collins
—-—-and Mr. Tom Collins

—-—-The Honorable Tom Collins
—-—-and Mrs. Collins

——–The Honorable Tom Collins
—-—-and Dr. Linda Collins

—-On the inside envelope (or in the salutation) use:

—-—-Mr./Ms. Collins and Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. Collins.

The elected official is listed first.  Formally ‘Assemblyman / Assemblywoman / Assemblymember’ are not used as honorifics in writing: use ‘Mr./Ms.’.  But, it is a common practice to address as  ‘Assemblyman / Assemblywoman / Assemblymember (Name)’  especially if you know it is the preference of the official:

—-—-Assemblymember Collins and Mr. Collins.

For more on writing women’s names follow the link in the list at right for ‘Mrs. vs. Ms.”

– Robert Hickey How to Address an Assemblyman Assemblywoman

Forms of Address: How a conversation begins can have a huge impact on how the conversation - even the entire relationship - develops.

How to Address a Former State Legislator?

How do I address a former delegate? What about addressing him and his wife?

Dear JBL,

Former members of a state assembly – elected to office in a general election – continue to be addressed in writing as:
——–The Honorable (Full Name)

… on a mailing envelope, address block of a letter, or when their name listed in a program.

After their name in a program or in a complete introduction identify the former official as:

—-—-Member of the XYZ State (name of legislature) from 1990-2010.

—-On an envelope:
—-—-The Honorable (Full Name)

—-On an envelope with their spouse:
—-—-The Honorable (Full Name)
—-—-and Mrs. (Shared Surname)
—-—-The Honorable (Full Name)
—-—-and Ms. (Full Name when her surname is different)
——–The Honorable (Full Name)
——–and Dr. (Full Name)
The Honorable (Full Name)

—-—-and Mr. (Full Name in every case)

—-Formally in conversation or salutation:
—-—-Mr./Mrs./Ms./Dr./etc. (Surname)

Former delegates go back to whatever honorific to which they were entitled before assuming office. Address by friends using their former honorific on the golf course is unofficial and informal.  As long as there is no possible confusion the person is a former, not current official, most people consider no harm to be done.

– Robert Hickey

Not Finding Your Question Answered?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  After checking the list and reading the posts, 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 or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, I will post the question & answer – always changing the names and specifics.

— Robert Hickey

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