How to Address the Staff of a Governor

Chief of Staff 

—-Envelope or address block on an email:
——–The Honorable (Full name)
—-—-Chief of Staff to the Honorable (Full name of official)
—-—-(Address)

——–The Honorable (Full name)
—-—-Chief of Staff to the Governor of (State)
—-—-(Address)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Surname):

—-Conversation:
—-—-Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Surname)

_____
Member of the Staff

—-Envelope  or address block on an email:
——–Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Full name)
—-—-(Name of Staff Position)
—-—-(Address)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Surname):

—-Conversation:
—-—-Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Surname)

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

How to Address a Governor’s Cheif of Staff?

How does one address a high-ranking appointed state official who serve the Governor? For example: Governor’s Chief of Staff, Governor’s Policy Director, Governor’s Legislative Director, etc.? Is it correct to call them the Hon. John Smith?
——————-– Rod

Dear Rod:
Typically, a U.S. governor’s Chief of Staff is addressed as ‘the Honorable (Full Name). Identify as Chief of Staff to the Honorable (Full name of Governor they serve.)

The other appointed officials you list … policy director …. legislative director … do not appear on any list I am familiar with suggesting they are addressed as ‘the Honorable’ (Full Name). Address these as Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Full Name) and identify by the office they hold after their name.

I include in my book a list of appointed state officials that are typically addressed as ‘the Honorable’. However, there is probably a list for your state’s officials accorded that courtesy. Call the office of the chief of protocol for your governor: they will have that information.

– Robert Hickey

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#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)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or 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, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"