President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver his first State of the Union address Tuesday and the entire Alabama congressional delegation will be in attendance.
Members of Congress are given one ticket to bring a guest to the annual event. Typically, members give the tickets to family members, staffers or constituents.
Here’s a rundown of whom members of the Alabama delegation are taking as their guests:
Sen. Richard Shelby:
Shelby will be bringing his long-time friend, Steve Flowers, as his guest. Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His weekly column appears in over 60 Alabama newspapers (including Alabama Today). He served 16 years in the state legislature.
Sen. Doug Jones:
Jones will be taking his wife, Louise Jones.
Alabama 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne:
Byrne will be accompanied by Pete Riehm from Mobile, Ala. Pete is a former Navy Surface Warfare Officer and now a businessman in the Mobile area. He is also a leader in the local veterans community.
Alabama 2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby:
Roby will be taking her daughter, Margaret Roby. Margaret is taking Civics this year and is required to watch the State of the Union address for class, so Roby thought this would be a unique opportunity for her to witness it firsthand.
Alabama 3rd District U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers:
Mike’s wife, Beth Rogers, will be joining him for the evening. According to Rogers’ office, they’re both excited to support President Trump in his first SOTU!
Alabama 4th District U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt:
Yet to respond to request.
Alabama 5th District U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks:
Yet to respond to request.
Alabama 6th District U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer:
Palmer is bringing his wife Ann Palmer as his guest.
Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell:
Sewell will be accompanied by Mary Joyce Owens, the granddaughter of Recy Taylor.
Alabama native Recy Taylor recently made headlines when Oprah Winfrey mentioned her in her in her Golden Globes speech. Taylor, who recently passed away, was an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual assault after being raped in 1944 by six white men who were never brought to justice.
Sewell said the Democratic Women’s Working Group will be wearing all black in solidarity with the #MeToo movement and women CBC Members are inviting representatives to wear red Recy Taylor pins at the State of the Union.
“Recy Taylor was an American shero and an Alabama treasure who spoke up in the face of racism, hate, and sexual violence,” said Sewell. “While she is no longer with us today, I think Recy Taylor would be proud to know that her granddaughter, Mary Joyce Owens, is attending the State of the Union in honor of her legacy and our ongoing fight against racism and sexual misconduct. By standing up to injustice over six decades ago, Recy Taylor inspired generations of men and women to hold perpetrators of sexual violence accountable. Mary Joyce Owens’ presence at the State of the Union is a symbol of the bravery of all those who are speaking out and a reminder that we will not be silent in the face of injustice.”