Vice President-Elect

—-Envelope, official:
—-—-The Honorable
—-—-(Full Name)
—-—-The Vice President-elect
—-—-(Address)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Mr./Ms. (Surname): *

—-—-—-* See last point in the post below.

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How to Address a Vice President-Elect of the United States

What is the proper form for addressing a vice-president elect in person? Would someone correctly say, ‘Mr. Vice President-Elect’?
—-—-—-—-– BP

Dear BP,
Someone might say ‘Vice President-elect (Name) will be here in five minutes’  but that is not a form of address. It is referring to the official in the third person.

The vice president-elect has been elected in a general election. Thus, he or she is addressed as ‘the Honorable (Full Name)’ in writing in a letter’s address block or mailing envelope, and in a formal introduction.

The VP-elect isn’t addressed as ‘Mr. Vice President’ until he/she has taken the oath of office. Until then, the current office holder retains the courtesies of office. Non have been transferred at this point.

* Until he or she has taken the oath of office, he or she is adddressed orally and in a salutation with the honorific to which he or she is entitled prior to taking office – e.g., ‘Mr./Ms./Dr./Senator/etc. (Name)’.

– Robert Hickey

—-See these Posts on Types of Officials:
——–Acting
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Candidate for Office
—-—-Deceased
—-—-Designate
—-—-Elect
——–Former
—-—-The Honorable, Use of
—-—-Interim
—-—-The Late, Use of
—-—-Pro Tempore
—-—-Retiree

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—-#1)  At right is a list of offices/officials/topics covered. I include many, many more in my book, but these are the offices people have E-mailed in asking ‘how do I address a (fill in the blank)?’

—-#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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