How to Address a Designate
How to Address a Nominee

How to Address Someone Likely to Get an Office – Not Yet in Office?

A person identified  for an official position gets no title to use as part of their name — until they assume office / are sworn into office.   They are addressed in the manner to which they are entitled – Mr./Mrs./Dr./etc., other rank, or a courtesy title such as the Honorable – if they are entitled to it from prior service. How to Address a Nominee

—-Envelope or address block of letter or email:
—-—-—-Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Full name)
—-—-—-(Address)

—-—-Or if they are retired military:
—-—-—-(Full Rank) (Full name), (Branch of Service), Retired
—-—-—-(Address) How to Address a Nominee

—-—-Or if they are already the Honorable based on prior service:
—-—-—-The Honorable (Full Name)
—-—-—-(Address)

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

—-  #1) In the media such persons are often described as the (Office)-designate or (Office)-nominee.   Those are descriptive terms, not titles to be used in direct address. Only once sworn in does anyone get an honorific to use with their name.

—- #2) They are not ‘-elect’.  They weren’t elected.   They are not ‘pro tempore / pro tem’.  That refers to an official acting in the absence of the regular official … like the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate acts for the President of the Senate when he or she is away.

—- #3) It’s my understanding the process is (A) designated, (B) nominated, (C) confirmed – then (D) appointed.  With the appointment comes the swearing in.  With the swearing in come the courtesies of the office.  Elevated forms of address are courtesies of the office.

— Robert Hickey

Related Posts: --------Acting --------Candidate for Office --------Deceased --------Designate --------Elect --------Former --------The Honorable, Use of --------Interim --------The Late, Use of --------Nominee --------Pro Tempore --------Retiree

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"