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  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to deliver Democratic response to Trump's State of the Union
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Last EditedEastTexasDem  Jan 24, 2020 07:00pm
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AuthorTodd Spangler and Paul Egan
News DateFriday, January 24, 2020 04:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWASHINGTON – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, her political profile clearly on the rise, has been tapped to deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's Feb. 4 State of the Union address, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office announced Friday.

"She’s a forward-looking leader who is laser-focused on solving problems for everyday Michiganders and is uniquely qualified to deliver Democrats’ message of progress for all Americans," Pelosi said in a statement announcing Whitmer's participation.

She was joined in the announcement by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. The Democratic response is televised immediately after the president's speech, which typically begins at 9 p.m., and is usually reserved by both parties as a spot to highlight the country's rising political stars.

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley (then South Carolina's governor), former House Speaker Paul Ryan (then a far lesser-known congressman from Wisconsin) and former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (then Kansas' governor) are among those who have given the response to such addresses in the past. Last year, former Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams, who lost a hard-fought run for that state's governorship in 2018, gave the Democratic response.
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