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Meet the First Lady's Guests at This Year's State of the Union:

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Find out who First Lady Michelle Obama invited to join her at the 2015 State of the Union address.

President Obama is delivering the 2015 State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20. Watch it live at 9 p.m. ET at WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU.


Each year for nearly three decades, the First Lady has invited people to sit in her viewing box and watch the President deliver his State of the Union address at the Capitol. These guests exemplify the themes and ideals that the President lays out in his address.

Those sitting with the First Lady this year include a teenager from the South Side of Chicago, an astronaut going on a year-long mission to the International Space Station this spring, and a woman who was able to have her brain tumor removed thanks to the Affordable Care Act. 

Watch as the guests receive their phone calls inviting them to sit in the First Lady's box tomorrow:

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Below is the full list of the remarkable individuals that will sit in the box with Mrs. Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.


Malik Bryant

Malik Bryant

13-year-old Malik Bryant from Chicago wrote Santa a very different request than you'd typically see from a kid. "All I ask for is for safety," he wrote. "I just wanna be safe."

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Chelsey Davis

Chelsey Davis

After re-entering her collegiate career, Chelsey Davis is about to graduate from Pellissippi State Community College with plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in nutritional science.

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William Elder Jr.

William Elder, Jr.

At age 8, doctors didn't expect Bill to live long. But thanks to a collaboration between the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, patients, and others, he's expecting to live a very full life.

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LeDaya Epps

After hitting a few roadblocks in her life, LeDaya couldn't find the reliable work. That all changed, however, when LeDaya completed a union apprenticeship in construction.

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Rebekah Erler

Rebekah Erler

Rebekah wrote the President last March to share what her family had been through together — and to detail the rising cost of doing right for her family.

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Victor Fugate

Victor Fugate

Victor, who spends his days as a health care worker, sees firsthand how the Affordable Care Act is helping people’s lives — including his own.

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Jason Gibson

Staff Sergeant Jason Gibson

As a soldier whose injuries cost him both of his legs and any chance of using prosthetics, Jason refused to dwell on what he couldn’t do, but tackle what he always wanted to -- wheelchair or no wheelchair.

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Alan and Judy Gross

Alan and Judy Gross

Last month, Alan Gross stepped onto U.S. soil for the first time in 15 years — and into the arms of his wife, Judy, who had never given up hope.

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Nicole Hernandez Hammer

Nicole Hernandez Hammer

Nicole works to mobilize the Latino community to better understand address climate change's disproportionate effects on the health of Hispanics.

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Scott Kelly

Scott Kelly

Astronaut Scott Kelly is about to become the first American to live and work aboard the International Space Station for a year-long mission.

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Anthony Mendez

Anthony Mendez

After overcoming countless obstacles, Anthony Mendez is the first member of his family to graduate from high school.

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Larry Merlo

Larry Merlo

CVS Health President and CEO Larry Merlo announced that CVS would be the first major retail pharmacy to eliminate tobacco sales in all of its stores.

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Katrice Mubiru

Katrice Mubiru

Katrice’s work with students puts a human face on the policies President Obama is fighting for.

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Astrid Muhammad

Astrid Muhammad

Astrid, a wife and mother of two young children, is alive today largely thanks to care she received through the Affordable Care Act.

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Kathy Pham

Kathy Pham

As a part of the U.S. Digital Service, Kathy's technology background unites with her passion for public service.

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State Sen. Catherine Pugh

State Sen. Catherine Pugh

State Senator Pugh is a small business owner who fights for working families as Maryland’s Senate Majority Leader.

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Carolyn Reed

Carolyn Reed

With the help of an SBA loan, Carolyn opened up a number of sub shops. Now she's making sure lower-wage earners get the support they need, which is why she gave her hourly employees a raise to $10.10.

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Dr. Pranav Shetty

Dr. Pranav Shetty

Last August, Dr. Pranav Shetty deployed to Liberia to establish and oversee two Ebola treatment units and a training center for workers now serving at the heart of the Ebola-response effort.

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LAPD Captain Phillip C. Tingirides

LAPD Captain Phillip C. Tingirides

The work of Captain Tingirides and fellow officers in collaboration with community partners in Watts has contributed to a 50% reduction in violent crime, and increased trust between police and community members.

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Prophet Walker

Prophet Walker

Prophet was serving a six-year sentence when he made a choice to turn his life around, and focus on helping others escape cycles of crime, and building collaborative relationships with local law enforcement.

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Tiairris Woodard

Tiairris was able to buy a car, rent a new apartment, and go back to school, all thanks to the resurgence of the American auto industry.

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Ana Zamora

Ana Zamora

“My parents brought me to the United States before my first birthday, 20 years ago,” Ana wrote in a letter to the President. “[They] came to this country with a dream of a better future for their children.”

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The State of the Union 2015: Everything You Need to Know