How to Address a State or State’s Attorney

How to Address Our State Attorney?

—-Envelope or address block on an email:   How to Address a State or State’s Attorney
——–The Honorable
——–(Full Name)
——–State Attorney / State’s Attorney

——–Which could look like:
————The Honorable Ernest Thompson
————Brown County State’s Attorney
————(Address) How to Address a State or State’s Attorney

——–Mr,/Ms. (Surname)

NOTES: How to Address a State or State’s Attorney
—-A State/State’s Attorney is a state official, elected in a general election and entitled to be addressed as the Honorable.

—-Orally you will hear their job title used as an honorific to emphasize or clarify his/her job in an interaction. For example: State Attorney (Name) will be here in five minutes. or State’s Attorney (Surname) will host the event.

—-And the media will frequently use the job before the name to clarify to their readers/viewers who this person is: ‘According to State’s Attorney (Name) …’. They may even call the person State Attorney (Name) during an interview.

—-But traditionally and formally their job title is not used in writing as an honorific, in a salutation, or in conversation. Address as Mr./Ms. (Surname)

— Robert Hickey How to Address a State or State’s Attorney


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.
___What I don’t cover on this site are many things I do cover in my book: all the rules of forms of address, about names, international titles, precedence, complimentary closes, details on invitations, place cards, all sorts of introductions, etc. I hope you’ll get a copy of the book if you’d like the further detail.

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”