A mom who is an immigrant living in the U.S. illegally will be the guest of a California congressman at Tuesday night's
An Alabama lawmaker invited a 103-year-old voting-rights pioneer, who is portrayed in the movie "Selma," to hear President Obama.
A doctor who has treated Ebola patients will join a senator from Nebraska; the father of one of the
The annual State of the Union address is not only an opportunity for the president to outline his aspirations for the coming year, but for members of
Each member typically is allowed to bring a single guest to the Capitol for the prime-time address. Many lawmakers prefer to sideline their families and friends for more politically targeted invitations.
"When we close our eyes, Olga is what we see when we hear the words 'American Dream,'" said Cardenas, who supports Obama's actions to provide temporary deportation relief for several million immigrants living here illegally.
Amelia Boynton Robinson, 103, was the first African American woman to run for Congress from Alabama in 1964. She arrived in Washington on Tuesday as the guest of Rep.
"She paved the way for me," said Sewell, as Democrats push for broader voting rights reforms.
Newly elected Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), invited Dr.
Richard Martinez, the father of one of the students killed on May 23, 2014, in a shooting rampage near the UC Santa Barbara, will join the area's Democratic Rep.
And after Obama announced sweeping new policies loosening trade and relations with Cuba, several Republicans who oppose that approach invited like-minded activists.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) invited two other Cuban pro-democracy advocates, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez and Yris Tamara Perez Aguilera.
Boehner, a Catholic, has continued his own tradition and invited Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, to join the speaker's box as he has every year since becoming speaker in 2011.