How to Address a State or State’s Attorney

How to Address Our State Attorney?

—-Envelope or address block on an email:   How to Address a State or State’s Attorney
——–The Honorable
——–(Full Name)
——–State Attorney / State’s Attorney
——–(Jurisdiction)
——–(Address)

——–Which could look like:
————The Honorable Ernest Thompson
————Brown County State’s Attorney
————(Address) How to Address a State or State’s Attorney

—-Salutation:
——–Mr,/Ms. (Surname)

NOTES: How to Address a State or State’s Attorney
—-A State/State’s Attorney is a state official, elected in a general election and entitled to be addressed as the Honorable.

—-Orally you will hear their job title used as an honorific to emphasize or clarify his/her job in an interaction. For example: State Attorney (Name) will be here in five minutes. or State’s Attorney (Surname) will host the event.

—-And the media will frequently use the job before the name to clarify to their readers/viewers who this person is: ‘According to State’s Attorney (Name) …’. They may even call the person State Attorney (Name) during an interview.

—-But traditionally and formally their job title is not used in writing as an honorific, in a salutation, or in conversation. Address as Mr./Ms. (Surname)

— Robert Hickey How to Address a State or State’s Attorney

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"