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We are hosting a local kick off event for a national organization's annual event.  We've asked each dignitary in attendance to make a brief comment. If everyone invited is available, what would be the correct order of speaking for the governor, US congressman, state representatives, state senator, and city mayor and county executive who will be reading a joint proclamation.

Dear Susan:
Thank you for your question.  The order in which you have speakers speak is determined by the order of precedence.
Your invited speakers would be introduced either in ascending or descending order depending if the highest level person is giving a keynote.  If not, you would introduce them in a descending order.
Please note that you refer to Governors of states by Governor (surname) or just Governor.  US Representatives are called Mr. or Ms. because Representative and Congressman are not titles, they are job descriptions.  You notice that you introduce all elected officials as The Honorable except for the states listed below.

Governor of your state (addressed as Your Excellency in SC, MA and NH. Everywhere else as The Honorable.
US Congressman who you introduce as The Honorable Representative of the _____ district of the state of _______ - not Congressman so and so.
State Senator - introduced as The Honorable, spoken to as Mr. or Ms..
State Representative - Introduced as The Honorable Delegate of the __________ (area of the state) and spoken to as Delegate or Mr./Ms.
City Mayor - Introduced as The Honorable so and so, Mayor of the city of __________. Spoken to as Mayor ____ or Mr./Madam Mayor.
County Representative - Introduced as The Honorable _____ Representative of (county who voted for them). Spoken to as Mr,/Ms. ________.

I hope this helps and best wishes on a successful event.

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