Who are the most interesting guests at the State of the Union?

Tonight at 9 p.m. President Biden will appear before a joint session of Congress to deliver his second State of the Union address.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) formally invited Biden to deliver the speech. The first lady, the justices of the Supreme Court, most of the senators and representatives, most of the cabinet, the vice president and her spouse, and numerous reporters usually attend the address.

Lawmakers and party leaders also invite the public to attend as their guests.

Here are some of the most interesting guests who will be attending:

Brandon Tsay

Brandon Tsay holding an Alhambra Police Department Medal for Bravery from Chief of Police Chief Kelley Fraser

Brandon Tsay, 26, left, was presented with a medal for bravery by Alhambra Police Chief Kelley Fraser on January 29.

(Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times)

San Marino resident Brandon Tsay received national recognition last month after preventing fatalities by disarming the Monterey Park gunman. At the Alhambra, the same gunman killed 11 and injured 10. Tsay will sit in the spectators’ gallery with Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff and First Lady Jill Biden.

RowVaughn and Rodney Wells

A woman with shoulder length black hair tilting her head and looking up. Behind her is a man in a hat.

RowVaughn Wells, whose son Tire Nichols died after being beaten by Memphis police officers, is comforted by Tire’s stepfather Rodney Wells at a January 27 news conference.

(Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

The Memphis couple became national figures after Memphis police brutally beat their son, Tire Nichols. The 29-year-old black man died days after the bludgeon. The five officers, who were fired by the police department, face murder charges and could serve up to 60 years in prison if convicted. Vice President Kamala Harris attended Nichols’ funeral in Memphis last week and commended the couple for their courage, strength, bravery and grace in the face of their grief. Nichols’ mother and stepfather will sit in the audience box with the second gentleman and first lady.

Paul Pelosi

Paul Pelosi, wearing a suit and hat, sits on a row of chairs in a high-ceilinged room with stone columns

Paul Pelosi, husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, waits after a portrait unveiling ceremony for her in the National Statuary Hall in the US Capitol Building in December.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Paul Pelosi, husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), has been a fixture in California political life for decades. He resurfaced late last year after surviving an attack on her Pacific Heights home. The alleged attacker is said to be a supporter of QAnon, a political movement that subscribes to a baseless anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that claims former President Trump is waging a secret war against Satan-worshipping Democratic elites running a child sex ring. Pelosi will sit in the auditorium with the second gentleman and the first lady.

Ene’s freedom

A head and shoulders view of a dark haired man in a white tank top holding a basketball in both hands and looking up.

Boston Celtics’ Enes Freedom before an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Boston in January 2022.

(Michael Dwyer/Associated Press)

The former athlete has made national headlines in recent years for criticizing the NBA’s ties with the Chinese Communist Party. He attends the speech as McCarthy’s guest. “Here’s a man who stood up for freedom and lost his right to keep playing basketball, but he keeps fighting,” the Bakersfield Republican told reporters Monday.

Alexis Muro

Former Long Beach Mayor and US Representative Robert Garcia invited Muro, an undocumented college student who hopes to work in healthcare, as his guest. In a statement, he said she was “a great example of the importance of supporting immigrant communities and creating pathways to citizenship.”

He added, “Hard working students in our country deserve the same opportunity at the American Dream that I was given.”

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2023-02-07/guests-state-of-the-union Who are the most interesting guests at the State of the Union?

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