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How to Address the Chief of Staff ?

I will be sending a letter to the White House Chief of Staff. I am pretty sure the Chief of Staff to the President is addressed as The Honorable (Full Name).
Which salutation do I use? Is it?  How to Address White House Staff
—–Dear Mr. (Last Name):
—–—–or
—–Dear Chief of Staff (Last Name):
—–—–—–– Kyle in Chicago

Dear Kyle:
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’. How to Address the Chief of Staff of the POTUS

There is no official list published of who is and who is not ‘the Honorable‘ in the Administration. (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:
—-—-—-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. State chiefs of staff 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

Member of the First Lady’s Staff
Member of the First Lady’s Staff?

I am sending a letter to a member of the First Lady‘s staff. Her full title is Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement and Counsel to the First Lady. How should it be addressed? Since she works in the White House – is she addressed as the Honorable (Name)? Thanks for your help!
————– AD at a national association

Dear AD:
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:
—-—-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

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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