White House releases guest list for Trump’s SOTU address

Here’s the full roster of individuals who will be seated in the first lady’s viewing box during the president’s highly anticipated speech.

Stephanie and Janiyah Davis from Philadelphia

Janiyah, a fourth grade student, “has been assigned to low-performing schools,” while her single mother, Stephanie, has sought to apply for a tax credit scholarship, according to the Trump administration. “But due to Pennsylvania’s governor recently vetoing school choice legislation, Janiyah remained among the estimated 50,000 students on a waitlist,” the White House said.

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, the former leader of Iran’s elite paramilitary Quds Force, the White House said. Soleimani was killed last month in a U.S. drone strike near Baghdad’s international airport. Kelli will be joined Tuesday by her son, Gage.

Jody Jones from Farmersville, California

Jones’ brother was shot and killed in December by an undocumented immigrant who was released from jail “because of California’s sanctuary state policy,” according to the White House.

Paul Morrow from Montgomery, Alabama

Morrow, an Army veteran, “started a successful contracting business and today is building a new concrete plant in an Opportunity Zone,” which will “help support several brand new F-35 jets that are stationed in the region,” the White House said.

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,” the White House said.

Tony Rankins from Cincinnati

Rankins, an Army veteran, suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and became addicted to drugs after serving in Afghanistan. He now works in an Opportunity Zone and “his new job has helped him overcome drug addiction and reunite with his family,” the White House said.

Robin and Ellie Schneider from Kansas City

Robin’s daughter, Ellie, “was born at just 21 weeks and six days,” the White House said, and is “one of the youngest babies to survive in the United States.”

Ivan Simonovis from Caracas, Venezuela

Simonovis, the former police chief in Venezuela’s capital, “was imprisoned in 2004 for protecting protesters and was held in captivity for nearly 15 years by the Chavez and Maduro regimes,” the White House said. He escaped from Venezuela and emigrated to Florida in 2019.