White House Release List of Special Guests for the 2020 State of the Union Address


The White House released the names of the guests President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have invited to attend Tuesday’s State of the Union address, including veterans, border patrol agent, and young children.

The invited guests is comprised of 11 Americans whose stories all relates to the president’s administration policy he is expected to highlight during his third State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.

“From brave military families to hardworking local leaders, this year’s guests come from many walks of life. Each one represents the very best of America and people the world over,” the White House said in a statement.

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Here are this year’s guests:

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Tony Rankins from Cincinnati, Ohio

Rankins, an Army veteran suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and became addicted to drugs. A company called “R Investments” helped train Tony in carpentry, painting, brick work, and other construction trades.  Today, he works in an Opportunity Zone in Cincinnati, Ohio, and his new job has helped him overcome drug addiction and reunite with his family. 

Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz from Del Rio, Texas 

Ortiz in 2019 became Chief Patrol Agent of the Del Rio Sector, which made him responsible for all Border Patrol operations in 41 Texas counties—including 210 miles of border between the United States and Mexico 

Jody Jones from Farmersville, California

Jody’s brother, Rocky Jones, was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant in Tulare County, California in December 2018. The criminal alien who committed this brutal murder had previously been arrested for violent crimes six times and deported twice, but because of California’s sanctuary state policy, he was released from jail. 

Ellie and Robin Schneider from Kansas City, Missouri

Ellie was born at just 21 weeks and six days.  She is one of the youngest babies to survive in the United States. Today, Ellie is a happy, healthy two-year-old girl who brings endless joy to her mother, Robin, and her entire family.

Janiyah and Stephanie Davis from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Janiyah is a fourth grade student from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was assigned to low-performing schools. Janiyah mother, Stephanie applied for a tax credit scholarship, but due to Pennsylvania’s governor recently vetoing school choice legislation, Janiyah remained among the estimated 50,000 students on a waitlist.

Kelli and Gage Hake from Stillwater, Oklahoma

Kelli’s husband, former Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Hake, was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb supplied by Qassem Soleimani. Soleimani was killed last month in a U.S. drone strike near Baghdad’s international airport. 

Paul Morrow from Montgomery, Alabama

Paul, an Army veteran started a successful contracting business and today is building a new concrete plant in an Opportunity Zone in Montgomery, Alabama, which help support several brand new F-35 jets stationed in the region 

Ivan Simonovis from Caracas, Venezuela

Ivan was the Chief of Police in Venezuela’s capital until he was imprisoned in 2004 for protecting protesters and was held in captivity for nearly 15 years by the Chavez and Maduro regimes. He escaped from Venezuela in 2019 and emigrated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The official theme of Trump’s 2020 speech is “The Great American Comeback.”