How to Address the Staff of a Governor

How to Address a Member of a U.S. Governor’s 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

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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