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Posted at 7:35 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Guests in the first lady's box at the State of the Union address

By The Reliable Source

The White House has just announced the guest who will sit with Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address on Tuesday. Since Ronald Reagan began the tradition in 1982, presidents have typically seated noteworthy citizens who embody themes of their address in the first lady's box, calling out many by name. See photos of past State of the Union guests. Tuesday's guests are...

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  • Jill Biden

  • Phil Schiliro, Assistant to the President and Director, Office of Legislative Affairs

  • Gary and Robert Allen, of Rochester Hills, Mich., brothers and owners of a roofing company that used a $500,000 stimulus grant to shift their business into the production of solar shingles.

  • Ursula M. Burns, CEO of Xerox, and a leader of President Obama's STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) campaign, as well as vice chair of the President's Export Council.

  • Amy Chyao, 16, a high school junior from Richardson, Texas, cited for developing a photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy, a new kind of cancer treatment which uses light energy to activate a drug that kills cancer cells.

  • Kendra Baker and Zachary Davis, business partners who used a stimulus loan to open an organic ice cream shop in Santa Cruz, Calif.

  • Brandon and Julie Fisher, a married couple whose Berlin, Penn., drilling-technology company was deployed to help rescue the Chilean miners.

  • Brandon Ford, a high school junior from Philadelphia, who has led a prize-winning team of students developing fuel-efficient vehicles.

  • John and Roxanna Green, parents of Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old girl killed in the Tucson shootings.

  • Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, the Iowa native who recently was awarded the Medal of Honor for valor in Afghanistan, the first living recipient of the prize since the Vietnam War.

  • Daniel Hernandez, the college-student intern for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who has been credited with helping to save her life after the Tucson shootings.

  • Jim Houser, an auto-repair shop owner from Portland, Ore., cited as a typical small business owner grappling with the cost of employee health insurance, who the White House says will save $10,000 because of tax credits he'll get from the president's health care package.

  • James Howard, a previously-uninsured cancer patient from Katy, Tex., who the White House says is now getting treatment because of the health care legislation.

  • Staff Sergeant Brian Mast, a Special Forces bomb-disposal expert seriously injured by a roadside blast in Afghanistan, now being treated at Walter Reed; and his wife Brianna Mast.

  • Gunnery Sergeant Nicole Mohabir, of Fort Lee., Va., a Marine who has done two tours of Iraq and one of Afghanistan.

  • Mikayla Nelson, a high school freshman from Billings, Mont., who has led her school's prize-winning team with a solar car design.

  • Kathy Proctor, of Winston-Salem, N.C., a laid-off furniture factory worker now back in school to retrain as a bio-fuels analyst.

  • Dr. Peter Rhee, an Iraq veteran and chief of trauma at University Medical Center in Tucson, who oversaw the care of Rep. Giffords and the other shooting victims. Arizona. Dr. Rhee oversaw the medical care associated with Arizona's recent shootin

  • Diego Vasquez, a Phoenix, Ariz., college freshman who led a high school team with its prize-winning design for a motorized physical-therapy chair.

  • Wendell P. Weeks, chairman and CEO of Corning Incorporated, noted by the White House for leading the company through the ups and downs of the optical-fiber industry.

  • By The Reliable Source  | January 24, 2011; 7:35 PM ET
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