How to Address the Vice President of the United States as President of the Senate
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 or address block on letter or email:
—-—-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