Baltimore Senator Will Sit With Michelle Obama During State of the Union

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Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 2.33.13 PMBaltimore City isn’t forgotten in the Oval Office these days. President Obama dropped by last week, and one of his panels heard from SRB. The streak continues this week, when State Senator Catherine Pugh will be sitting beside the First Lady as the President delivers the State of the Union address.

Pugh, who serves as the Senate Majority Leader in Annapolis, got a nice mention on the White House website along with the box seat.

Specifically, the White House wants to highlight Pugh’s recent “Healthy Working Families Act,” which would provide more Marylanders with paid sick leave. As he previewed last week over lunch at Charmington’s, Obama is using part of Tuesday night’s speech to push for more paid leave across the country.

Another Free Stater who’s likely to get a shoutout in the chamber: Alan Gross, the Maryland aid worker who was freed from a Cuban prison as Obama proposed a new normal in relations with the Caribbean country.

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