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25 Special Guests Will Join Michelle Obama for the State of the Union Address Tuesday
The list, issued by the White House, is diverse in professions, ages, and regions of the country By Carol Ross Joynt
President Obama during the 2010 State of the Union address. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user BlatantWorld.com.
Comments () | Published February 12, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama will have 25 special guests joining her in the House chamber Tuesday evening for the President’s State of the Union address at the Capitol. In the official realm they include the Vice President’s wife, Jill Biden, and senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, but the remainder of the guests span a diverse range of professions, experiences, ages, and personal stories. The list includes two people from Arlington, Virginia, and one from Crownsville, Maryland. Together the group will sit in a special box assigned to the First Lady.

From the White House, here’s the list of who will be sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama during Tuesday evening’s State of the Union address.

• The Vice President’s wife, Jill Biden

• Presidential senior adviser Valerie Jarrett

• Sergeant Sheena Adams of Vista, California, a team adviser and lead instructor for the Marine Corps Female Engagement Team

• Alan Aleman of Las Vegas, Nevada, a beneficiary of the Obama administration’s DREAM program

• Jack Andraka of Crownsville, Maryland, winner of the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his creation of an early detection for pancreatic cancer

• Susan Baumgarner of Norman, Oklahoma, an early childhood educator

• Deb Carey of New Glarus, Wisconsin, a small business owner who founded the New Glarus Brewing company

• Sergeant Carlos Evans, USMC, of Cameron, North Carolina, a wounded warrior who is recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center from injuries received in Afghanistan during his fourth overseas deployment

• Tim Cook, of Cupertino, California, the CEO of Apple

• Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel A. Pendleton Sr., of Chicago, Illinois—the parents of Hadiya Pendleton, who was murdered in Chicago on January 29, eight days after she participated in the inaugural parade

• Menchu de Luna Sanchez of Secaucus, New Jersey—a registered nurse with the Langone Medical Center of New York University

• Bobak Ferdowsi of Pasadena, California—flight director for the Mars Curiosity rover team at NASA

• Bradley Henning of Louisville, Kentucky—a machinist with the Atlas Machine and Supply company

• Tracey Hepner of Arlington, Virginia—cofounder of Military Partners and Families Coalition

• Peter Hudson of Evergreen, Colorado—cofounder and CEO of iTriage, a “company focused on prompting citizens to actively engage in their own healthcare”

• John Kitzhaber, the governor of Oregon

• Lopez Rogers, the mayor of Avondale, Arizona, who was named in 2012 as the president of the National League of Cities

• Amanda E. McMillan of Jackson, Mississippi—a pay discrimination victim

• Lee Maxwell of Wilton, Iowa, who is a graduate of the Wind Technician Program at Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids

• Lieutenant Brian Murphy of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, who was the first police officer to arrive at the scene of the tragic Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, last August

• Lisa Richards of Arlington, Virginia, a #My2K Participant, in which she shared her story about what paying $2,200 more in taxes would mean for her family

• Kaitlin Roig of Greenwich, Connecticut, a first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School

• Abby Schanfield of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a beneficiary of the Affordable Care Act

• Haile Thomas of Tucson, Arizona, who is a 12 year-old Youth Advisory Board member with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and a Let’s Move champion

• Desiline Victor of Miami, Florida, a 102-year-old retired farmworker and naturalized US citizen from Haiti who asserted her right to vote.

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