WASHINGTON – Some members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation are bringing people with personal connections to next Tuesday’s State of the Union address. Some are bringing people who represent a political agenda they are trying to further on Capitol Hill. Here is who several members of Minnesota’s delegation are taking to the president’s annual address assessing the nation.
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Dan Hill, a laid-off steelworker from United Taconite in Eveleth.
Democratic Sen. Al Franken: Abdirahman Kahin, the owner of Afro Deli restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul and a prominent Twin Cities’ Muslim community member.
Democratic Rep. Tim Walz: Jonathan Zierdt, the President & CEO of Greater Mankato Growth.
Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen: Cayla Ebert, a University of Minnesota law student who is a Wayzata High School graduate.
Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison: Elijah Ellison, a Muslim-American and combat medic in the U.S. Army, and Ellison’s son.
Republican Rep. Tom Emmer: Daniel Bittman, superintendent of the Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools. Bittman was named the 2016 Superintendent of the Year by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators.
Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson: Donated his ticket to Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline, who is bringing the parents of a soldier killed in Afghanistan last summer.
Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan: Carter Nolan, a 5th grader at the elementary school in Pequot Lakes, and Nolan’s grandson.