How to Address the President of the Senate

How to Address the Vice President of the United States as President of the Senate

I am preparing a letter to the VPOTUS in his role as President of the Senate. How would I address him?
—-—-—-—-—-– Pat at MCC in DC

Dear Pat:
There is always a flurry of comments in the media when they pick up that the President of the United States addresses the Vice President  – when the VPOTUS is presiding as the President of the Senate at the State of the Union Address – as Mr. President.

But the POTUS is absolutely correct in doing so. In that room at that moment the Vice President is ‘Mr. President’ of the Senate. George W. Bush one year addressed Dick Cheney as ‘Mr. Vice President’ and historians and protocol professionals just shook their heads.

The envelope to the Vice President as President of the Senate is addressed to the Vice President at his/her Senate office on Capitol Hill.
—-Envelope:
—-—-The Vice President
—-—-United States Senate
—-—-Washington, DC 20510

—-The salutation is to the Vice President in his capacity as President of the Senate is:
—-—-Dear Mr. President:

—-This is consistent with the American tradition that we give an official just one title at a time … and to address the person as who he or she ‘is at that moment’.

– Robert Hickey

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—-#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.

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— Robert Hickey

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