State of the Union: Here’s who lawmakers are bringing as guests

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night gives members of Congress a chance to also make a statement with whom they bring as a plus one, with many of them opting to highlight their key policy issues and local ties by bringing a relevant guest.


Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) — Les Danielson, a grain and dairy farmer and member of the Wisconsin Farmer’s Union from Cadott, Wisconsin
    Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) — Dave Green, the former president of the United Autoworkers Local 1112 for the former GM Plant in Lordstown, Ohio
    Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) — Jake Satake, a high school student with Type 1 diabetes and affordable health care advocate
    Sen. Chris Coons (D-Delaware) — Air Force Col. Dawn Lancaster
    Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-Nevada) — Reno Police Chief Jason Soto
    Sen. Kamala Harris (D- California) — Elder Joseph Paul Jr., the managing director for the Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership aimed at helping “former offenders reenter their communities and lead productive lives post-incarceration”
    Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire) — Laconia Police Officer Eric Adams, who works as Prevention, Enforcement, and Treatment Coordinator at the Laconia Police Department.
    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) — St. Clair County, Missouri, native Keith Marquis, who speaks at local high schools about overcoming his methamphetamine addiction
    Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) — JROTC Cadet Nicole Rosario-Flores
    Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) — Hope Harrison, whose husband, Dustin, was killed by Somali militants in Kenya
    Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington) — Planned Parenthood patient Emma Bosley, who received medical care through the federal family planning program Title X
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) — Rushan Abbas, a prominent Uyghur human rights activist, and Florida’s Lt. Gov Jeanette Nunez
    Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida) — Nathan Law, founder of Hong Kong youth activist group Demosisto
    Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) — Nashua Police Chief Michael Carignan, who has worked against substance abuse
    Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) — anti-gun violence activist Andrea Chamblee, the widow of John McNamara, one of the five Capital Gazette journalists killed in the 2018 shooting
    Sen. Todd Young (R-Indiana) — Sandy Terwiske, a Gold Star mother whose son Alec was killed in Afghanistan in 2012

    House of Representatives

    Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-California) — San Bernardino County Fire Chief Dan Munsey
    Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas) — Shane Thompson, a constituent struggling to pay for insulin
    Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-North Dakota) — Major General Alan Dohrmann
    Rep. Cynthia Axne (D-Iowa) — Southeast Polk Special Education Teacher Shannon Baity
    Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Arizona) — Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant in a head-on car collision
    Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oregon) — Serena Cruz, an advocate for health care accessibility and immigrant rights and executive director of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation
    Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Illinois) — Diabetes advocate Cindy Ramos
    Rep. Sean Casten (D-Illinois) — Dr. Dieter Martin Gruen, who worked on the Manhattan Project and at Argonne National Laboratory
    Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) – María Rocha, a dual language teacher from San Antonio and recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program
    Rep. Judy Chu (D-California) — Islmail Alghazali, a US citizen living in New York City who was separated from his family by Trump’s travel ban policies
    Rep. David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island) — Carrigan Nelson, a young cancer survivor whose health insurance coverage comes as part of the Affordable Care Act
    Rep. Katherine Clarke (D-Massachusetts) — Rowena Chiu, an accuser of Harvey Weinstein
    Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Virginia) — Hatice Cengiz, who was engaged to the late Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi
    Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tennessee) — Michele Johnson, a healthcare advocate and executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center
    Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-South Carolina) — Alison Martin, a pharmacist at the Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center
    Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pennsylvania) — Patrick Flynn, a substance abuse awareness activist
    Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-New York) — Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann
    Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-California) — Isabel Bueso, a medical deferred action recipient and a rare disease advocate
    Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pennsylvania) — Sister Mary Scullion, a Philadelphia homelessness expert and co-founder and executive director of Project HOME
    Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) — Chris Wiers, the president of Bath Iron Works’ Local S6 union
    Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-California) – Maria Lidia Meza Castro, a 41-year old mother of nine from Honduras
    Rep. Kendra Horn (D-Oklahoma) — Jena Nelson, Oklahoma’s 2020 Teacher of the Year
    Rep. Richard Hudson (R-North Carolina) — Sgt. 1st Class Richard Stayskal, a Fort Bragg soldier
    Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) — Joey Massa, veteran and cancer survivor
    Rep. John Katko (R-New York) — Mary Nelson, a community activist in Syracuse working to address poverty and reduce youth and gang violence
    Rep. Ro Khanna (D-California) — Rev. Jethroe Moore II, the president of the San Jose/Silicon Valley National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
    Rep. Ann Kuster (D-New Hampshire) — Ross Cunningham, superintendent of Merrimack County Department of Corrections
    Rep. Mike Levin (D-California) — Dr. Pat Davis, whose wife, daughter and sister-in-law died in a bluff collapse in Encinitas, California
    Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Florida) — 16-year-old environmental activist Marsella Munoz
    Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-California) — Pablo Martinez, a former farmworker
    Rep. Chris Pappas (D-New Hampshire) — Lara Quiroga, the founder of Manchester’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team
    Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-California) — Elizabeth Esteban, a 16-year-old high school student and environmental justice advocate
    Rep. Kim Schrier (D-Washington) — Jacqueline Belur, an Issaquah High School civics teacher
    Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Michigan) — Sarah Stark, a type-1 diabetic whose insulin costs have dramatically increased in recent years
    Rep Jackie Speier (D-California) — Courtney Wild, a Jeffrey Epstein accuser and the namesake of the bipartisan Courtney Wild Crime Victims’ Rights Reform Act of 2019
    Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-New York) — David Fisher, a dairy farmer who serves as president of the New York Farm Bureau
    Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Michigan) — Emily Parris, a special education middle school teacher
    Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nevada) — not bringing a guest: “I’m leaving my guest seat open at the State of the Union to memorialize the victims of the 1 October shooting, honor the first responders who saved countless lives, and thank the entire Las Vegas community for showing the world that our city will always be strong.”
    Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Illinois) — Antioch nurse Karen Battaglia
    Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-New York) — Jessica Moraima Ventura Perez, whose 13-year old daughter, Jaideliz Moreno Ventura, died on the Puerto Rican Island of Vieques in January
    Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas) — Miguel Solis, a member of the Dallas Independent School District’s board of trustees
      Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida) — Emily Kaufman, a 15-year-old with diabetes who’s costs for prescription have risen
      This story has been updated with additional developments Tuesday.

      Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/04/politics/lawmaker-guests-state-of-the-union/index.html

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