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)
——–State 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:
– Robert Hickey