How to Address the Spouse
of the Vice President

Spouse of The Vice President of the United States

—-—-Mrs. (husband’s Full Name)

—-—-Mr. (Full Name)

—-—-Dear Mrs./Mr. (Surname):

How to Address the Spouse of the Vice President

How to Address a VP’s Spouse Who is a ‘Dr.’ ?

When the spouse has a special form of address – e.g. they are Dr. and don’t use Mrs. – they get their full name: (Given Name)+(Surname).  Using as an example Dr. Jill Biden, spouse of the Vice President (2009-2017), here is the pattern:

—-Standard form for a spouse who uses Mrs.:
—-—-The Vice President and Mrs. (Surname)

—-Spouse who uses Dr.:
—-—-The Vice President and Dr. (Full Name)
————The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden

——–The Vice President
and Dr. (Full Name)

—-—-—-The Vice President
—-—-—-and Dr. Jill Biden


—-—-Dear Mr. Vice President and Dr. (Surname):
—-—-—-Dear Mr. Vice President and Dr. Biden:

—-—-Dr. (Full Name)
—-—-—-Dr. Jill Biden

—-—-Dr. (Surname)
—-—-—-Dr. Biden

– Robert Hickey How to Address the Spouse of the Vice President

Is the Wife of the Vice President the ‘Second Lady’?

Is there an official guideline in print somewhere that states how we are to address the wife of a Vice President of the USA as The Second Lady?
– Diane

Dear Diane:
Wives of vice-officials are frequently described as the Second Lady. It’s not used as a form of address.

The wife of the Vice President is formally addressed as Mrs. (Surname) and is described as being the wife of the Vice President of the United States.

There is no title.

The only spouses of government officials I know of having special forms of address are:

—-#1) The spouse of the Queen’s representative to a Commonwealth realm … is addressed as ‘Her Excellency Mrs. (Husband’s full name)’ in writing and  ‘Your Excellency’ in conversation … and

—-#2) The spouse of the Queen’s representative to a province … is addressed as ‘Her Honor (Full Name)’ in writing and  ‘Your Honor’ in conversation.

First Lady is not an office either: it’s a role.  When the wife of the President attends events as the President’s representative she is granted certain courtesies – based on his precedence – as a courtesy to the POTUS.

First Lady is used as an honorific at some African-American churches where they address the spouse of their pastor as First Lady (Surname). For more on this see the post ‘First Lady Church” in the list at right. 

– Robert Hickey How to Address the Spouse of the Vice President

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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