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Precedence Order in California

The following list is an abridged, unofficial version but conforms to established, customary rules of precedence.


Federal Government

President of the United States
Vice-president of the United States
Governor (in own state)
Mayor (in own city)
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Chief Justice of the United States
Former Presidents of the United States
American Ambassadors (at Post)
Secretary of State
Secretary General of the United Nations
Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of
Foreign Powers accredited to the United States (in order of the presentation of their credentials)
Widows of former Presidents of the United States
Ministers of Foreign Powers accredited to the United States
Associate Justices of the Supreme Court
Retired Chief Justices
Retired Associate Justices of the Supreme Court
Members of the Cabinet
President Pro Tempore of the Senate
Senators (according to length of continuous service)
Governors (when outside own state)
Former Vice Presidents
Members of House of Representatives (according to length of continuous service)


State Governments

Governor
County Commissioner (in own county)*
Mayor (in own city)
Lieutenant Governor
Comptroller
Attorney General
United States Senators (in home state by seniority)
United States Representatives (in home district)
Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals
United States Senators (based on seniority)
United States Representatives (based on seniority)


Municipal Governments

Mayor
President of the City Council
Public Advocate
City Comptroller
State Senators (in order of seniority)
State Assemblymen (in order of seniority)
District Attorney
Members of the City Council (in order of seniority)
Deputy Mayor
Chief of Protocol
Chief of Staff
Counsel to the Mayor

Diplomatic Order of Precedence*

American Ambassadors (when at Post)
President, United Nations General Assembly (when in session)
Secretary General of the United Nations
President, United Nations General Assembly (when not in session)
Foreign Ambassadors, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,
accredited to the

United States; Papal Nuncio (ranked according to his date) Ministers and Envoys Extraordinary of foreign powers accredited to the United States (in order of presentation of their credentials)

Charge d’Affaires of Foreign Powers
Charge d’Affaires ad interim of Foreign Powers
Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations
Ambassadors at Large

Persons with Ambassadorial rank (foreign non-accredited,
e.g. Permanent Representatives to the United Nations)
Heads of International Organizations (International Monetary Fund, World Bank, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, NATO)
Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations
American Ambassadors (on State and Official Visits US cities)

Mayors of Major cities and the District of Columbia when in own city
(major cities defined as those with a population of one million or more residents; Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles,
New York, Philadelphia, and San Diego)

American Charge d’Affaires
Under Secretaries General of the United Nations
American Ambassadors (designate, in the United States under normal orders, or on leave)
Representatives of United States Missions to the European Union (USEU) and the

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (USOECD)
Mayors of Major Cities (when not in own city)
Former American Ambassadors-Chiefs of Diplomatic Missions
(in order of presentation of credentials at first post)

Non-accredited Ministers of foreign governments assigned to foreign diplomatic missions in Washington D.C. (includes Deputy Chief of Mission)
Counselors of Embassies
Consuls General of foreign powers (Legations)
Senior Secretaries of Embassies when there is no Counselorr


*Source: US Department of State

 

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