White House Staff
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How to Address a Member of the First Lady’s Staff
How to Address a Chief of Staff in a Territory

How to Address the Chief of Staff  to the POTUS

The Chief of Staff to the President of the United States (POTUS), as well as certain assistants, counselors, and personal representatives to the POTUS are addressed as ‘the Honorable’.  Chief of Staff POTUS

There is no official list published of who is and who is not ‘the Honorable‘. (And let me tell you I have looked.)  Precedence-wise the Chief of Staff is on the level of the Cabinet. Not far below in precedence are the Assistants to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff (e.g. for Planning and Implementation, Policy Coordination, Operations and Communications), Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Spouse of the President, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President, and the Assistants to the President.  I don’t believe these are addressed as the Honorable but wish I had confirmation.

Chief of Staff and others addressed as the Honorable:
—-—-Official envelope or address block on letter or email:
—-—-—-The Honorable (Full Name)
—-—-—-(Office Held)
—-—-—-(Address)

—-Everyone else in the West Wing is addressed as:
—-—-—-Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Name)
—-—-—-(Office Held)
—-—-—-(Address)

—-For all in a salutation or conversation:
—-——–Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Name)

Chief of Staff is not used as an honorific with a name. Chiefs of Staff to a governor (state) are not necessarily the Honorable, but  the Chief of Staff to the POTUS always is.

– Robert Hickey   How to Address the Chief of Staff of the POTUS   How to Address White House Staff

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

Member of the First Lady’s Staff?

While some members of the President’s staff are ‘the honorable’ (Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Spouse of the President) – none of the First Lady’s dedicated staff are. A member of the First Lady’s staff is Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Name). Use whichever honorific to which they are entitled.

—-Official envelope or address block on letter or email:
—-—-Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Full Name)
—-—-The White House
—-—-Washington, DC, 20500

—-Conversation or salutation:
—-—-Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Surname):

– Robert Hickey How to Address White House Staff

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"