Every member of Congress gets an extra seat for the annual State of the Union address. Some take their spouses, others take people who want to make a political statement.
Here is who Colorado’s delegation is taking to President Donald Trump first State of the Union:
- Sen. Michael Bennet, D — Brad Jupp, retired Denver Public Schools middle school teacher who works on education policy.
- Sen. Cory Gardner, R — Don Brown, Colorado Agriculture Commissioner and Yuma native and Weston Imer, a 14 year-old Colorado resident “really interested in politics.”
- Rep. Diana DeGette, D — gave her extra ticket to Sen. Gardner
- Rep. Jared Polis, D — Anarely, a “dreamer” from his congressional district
- Rep. Scott Tipton, R — taking his wife, Jean Tipton
- Rep. Ken Buck, R — taking his wife, state Rep. Perry Buck
- Rep. Doug Lamborn, R — taking his wife, Jeanie Lamborn
- Rep. Mike Coffman, R — Mrs. Heidi Ganahl, University of Colorado’s Regent-At-Large
- Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D — Yale University student Viviana Andazola Marquez. Her father, Melecio Andazola Marquez, was deported before Christmas
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