Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) will head from the state capital to the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday evening, as he will attend President Obama’s State of the Union address as a guest of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
O’Malley is close to many House Democrats and has a special geographical tie to Pelosi, who was born and raised in Baltimore. Her father and brother, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. and Thomas D’Alesandro III, both served as mayor of Baltimore, just as O’Malley did before becoming governor.
Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) will also be a guest in Pelosi’s box in the House gallery, as will Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
Earlier Tuesday, the White House released the full list of guests who will be sitting with first lady Michelle Obama during the speech. The list includes no Marylanders, but it does include two attendees from Virginia.