How to Address a State Senator

How to Address a Member of State Senate

State senators are addressed as the Honorable (Full Name) in writing and as Senator (Surname) in conversation or a salutation.  Note that state senators are addressed as State Senator (Name) or Mr./Ms. (Name) in Washington, DC, especially in the presence of United States Senators.

—-Envelope, official:
—-—-The Honorable
—-—-(Full Name)
—-—-(Name of state legislature)

—-Letter salutation for a member of a senate:
—-—-Dear Senator (Surname):

How to Address a Former State Senator?

How do you address in writing a former state senator?
—-—-—-—-– Roy O.

Dear Roy O.,
The US tradition is we address people as pertinent to the situation. So how you address a former state senator will depend on the nature of your communication.

#1) Senators were never one-officeholder-at-a-time officials. Retired/former senators continue to be addressed as the Honorable (Full Name) in writing and orally or in a salutation as Senator (Surname)  in social settings: If your communication is personal or relating to their public service address as:

—-—-The Honorable (Full Name)

—-—-Senator (Surname):

#2) If you are writing to former state legislator, now working in some commercial/professional role – e.g., they are now your insurance or real estate agent, practicing attorney or stock broker – and you are writing to them in the context of a commercial/professional endeavor, don’t use the Honorable or Senator (Name).

—-—-Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Full Name)

—-Salutation or conversation:
—-—-Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Surname):

– Robert Hickey

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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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