Addressing a Public Official

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You may want to write a letter to your member of Congress or speak at a local city council meeting. The U.S. political tradition includes general guidelines for addressing government officials.

Written salutations


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)

Dear Supervisor (last name):


The Honorable (full name)
Mayor of (city)
City Hall

Dear Mayor (last name):