How would I address a former governor of Tennessee?
— Sharon in Hillsboro
Former governors continue to be The Honorable (Full Name).
Once an honorable, always an honorable, more or less.
But in spite of what you hear in the media, only a current governor is formally addressed in conversation or in a salutation as Governor (Name). In a salutation,former governors go back to whatever form of address they used they were before they were the governor.
Here’s the rule: Offices of which many people hold the same office at a time …senators, judges, Navy captains … continue to be addressed using the honorific used while they were in office. But offices which are held by a single person at a time … the president, the governor, the mayor … (any office you can put a “the” in front of) most formally go back to whatever they were before.
I cover this in my book, of course, but here’s a link to number of posts on former governors.
— Robert Hickey
How to Address a Former Judge /
How a Former Judge Should Refer to Himself?
I am a Magisterial District Judge who is retiring- having lost an election for purely political reasons. (In other words, no dishonor as referenced in one of the answers). I am returning to full time private practice. Here in PA, MDJs who are lawyers frequently have law practices in addition to their judicial post, which is what I did.
I understand that many people will still call me “Judge” out or courtesy, respect, and friendliness. My question regards how I refer to myself. I do not intend to use that honorific in attorney correspondence. I am preparing announcements to send to friends, other lawyers, existing clients, and other people advising them that I will be expanding my practice to include certain matters that I could not, by rule, handle while an MDJ.
Would it be proper, in those announcements, to say, for example, Judge Knight will draw on his 25 years of experience as a prosecutor and District Judge, in the defense of criminal and traffic cases.
Thank you for your insight.
— Kevin Knight