While the president's legislative agenda is the focus of the State of the Union address, lawmakers in the audience also get to make their views known through the guests they invite along as their plus-one.
Many representatives, such as Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), are choosing to bring constituents to highlight income inequality and minimum wage issues. Sanchez has invited a mother and fast-food restaurant employee Simone Sonnier-Jang. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) is inviting a steamfitter who recently lost his job.
Others are making different choices. Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann is bringing a Minnesota family physician who thinks Obamacare involves too much red tape. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) hopes to drill home his message of domestic job creation with his invitee, a coal supporter. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) is bringing the organizer behind the immigration reform protests on the National Mall. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) will be accompanied by the surviving father of a Navy SEAL killed in the attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi in 2012.
PostTV's Julie Percha produced the video.