How to Address a Letter to a Senator

By William McCoy
An email or traditional letter is appropriate when writing to your senator.

Getting in touch with your senator, either to share your concerns over a location issue, offer congratulations for a job well done or request information on a policy, is possible not just by phone but through the written word. Whether you choose to type your letter or write it by hand, using the correct form of address denotes respect.

Correct Address Style

Address the envelope that contains your letter to your senator by writing "The Honorable" and the senator's name. For example, "The Honorable Betty Smith." On the next line, write "United States Senate" and on the following line, write "Washington, D.C., 20510." Place all this information in the center of the front of the envelope. On your letter, writing "Dear Senator" and the senator's name is acceptable. For example, write "Dear Senator Smith." This greeting also is appropriate for email correspondence.

About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.