Federal Commissioner

How to Address a Commissioner

‘Mr. Commissioner’. ‘Commissioner’ or ‘Commissioner (Name)’ are forms used when addressing a singular official with a THE in front of ‘Commissioner’.  This includes officials such as the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue and the Commissioner for Patents.

Federal commissioners – appointed by the President of the United States (POTUS) and individually approved by the Senate – are ‘the Honorable (Full Name)’  in writing

—-Official envelope:
—-—-The Honorable (Full Name)
—-—-(Name of Organization or Agency)

—-—-Dear Commissioner (Surname):

— Robert Hickey

How to Address a Commissioner and Spouse?

Please tell me how to address an invitation’s envelope to the Commissioner of Patents and his spouse?
——————– Milton

Dear Milton:

—–On social correspondence the (office) is not mentioned.

———-The Honorable William Smith
———-and Mrs. Smith

———-The Honorable William Smith
———-and Dr. Janice Smith

—–—–The Honorable William Smith
———-and Ms. Linda Wilson

—–On the inside envelope use:

———-Commissioner Smith and Mrs. Smith
———-Commissioner Smith and Dr. Smith
Commissioner Smith and Ms. Wilson

– 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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