Addressing a Public Official

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You may want to write a letter to your Congressman or speak at your local City Council meeting. In the tradition of U.S. politics, there are some general rules for addressing government officials.

Written salutations

Governor

The Honorable (full name)
Governor, State of California
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Governor (last name):

State Senator

The Honorable (full name)
California Senate
State Capitol (room number)
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Senator (last name):

United States Representative

The Honorable (full name)
U.S. House of Representatives
House Office Building (name and room number)
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. (last name): or
Dear Congressman (last name):

County Supervisor

The Honorable Supervisor (full name)
Hall of Administration (room number)
(City/State/Zip)

Dear Supervisor (last name):

Mayor

The Honorable (full name)
Mayor of (city)
City Hall
(City/State/Zip)

Dear Mayor (last name):