State of the Union Live Updates: Biden to Promote His Path of Taxing the Rich, Aiding the Needy
WASHINGTON — President Biden invited carefully chosen guests to join the first lady, Jill Biden, in the House gallery during the State of the Union address, a move designed to send political messages, as presidents have done for four decades.
Among the presidential guests will be Oksana Markarova, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States; Bono, the singer who has championed AIDS treatment; and Paul Pelosi, the husband of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was attacked in their San Francisco home by a man hunting his wife.
Also sitting near the first lady will be cancer survivors, business owners, students, a young immigrant seeking legal status, the father of a fentanyl overdose victim, a couple who pushed to legalize same-sex marriage, a Holocaust survivor, an ironworker, a Navy spouse, the man who disarmed a shooter in Monterey Park, Calif., and a woman who encountered trouble in pregnancy but had to wait for aid because of Texas’ abortion law.
Accompanying them will be the parents of Tyre Nichols, the Black man who was beaten to death by five police officers in Memphis, touching off the latest national debate about policing and race.
Here is the complete list, from the first lady’s office:
Maurice and Kandice Barron, the parents of a 3-year-old girl who is a pediatric cancer survivor.
Lynette Bonar, a former U.S. Army medic and chief executive of the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation.
Bono, the lead singer of U2 and an activist in efforts to combat H.I.V./AIDS and extreme poverty.
Deanna Branch, whose son, Aidan, was twice hospitalized as a result of unsafe levels of lead in their drinking water and home.
Kristin Christensen, whose husband was medically retired from the Navy due to combat-related injuries, and Avarie Kollmar, an advocate for military and veteran children in caregiving homes.
Ruth Cohen, a survivor of the Holocaust and a volunteer at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Mitzi Colin Lopez, a Dreamer who was brought to the United States from Mexico at age 3.
Maurice Dykes, who is training to become a teacher through a registered apprenticeship program.
Kate Foley, a 10th-grade computer-integrated manufacturing student at Rolling Meadows High School in Illinois.
Darlene Gaffney, a cancer survivor who joined Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church’s Cancer Support Ministry.
Doug Griffin, whose 20-year-old daughter, Courtney, died in 2014 after a fentanyl overdose.
Saria Gwin-Maye, a metal worker and member of Ironworkers Local 44 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jacki Liszak, president of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce and a fire commissioner for the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District.
Harry Miller, a senior in mechanical engineering and a former football player for Ohio State University.
Gina and Heidi Nortonsmith, two of the plaintiffs in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, a case that led to Massachusetts becoming the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Paul Pelosi, a businessman and the husband of Representative Nancy Pelosi. Mr. Pelosi was violently attacked by an intruder in their California home last fall.
Paul Sarzoza, a small-business owner serving as the president and chief executive of Verde, a cleaning and facilities services company.
Brandon Tsay, who disarmed the shooter responsible for the mass shooting at the Lunar New Year celebrations in Monterey Park, Calif.
RowVaughn and Rodney Wells, the mother and stepfather of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old unarmed Black man who died after he was severely beaten by police officers in Memphis.
Amanda and Josh Zurawski, who had difficulty getting help in an emergency during Ms. Zurawski’s pregnancy because of doctors’ concern about the Texas abortion ban.
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