Connecticut lawmakers have special guests for State of the Union address

In keeping with President Obama’s theme of inequality in the United States for his State of the Union address on Tuesday, some Connecticut lawmakers have invited special guests.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, has  invited Lilly Ledbetter, a woman’s right activist who filed a landmark employment discrimination case that reached the Supreme Court, but lost because she had exceeded the statute of limitations.

Rep .Jim Himes, D-4th District, has invited Lucas Codognolla, 23, the lead organizer for Connecticut Students for a DREAM, a group of immigrant youths hoping to change federal law to win equal access to higher education and who lobby for broad-based immigration reform.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, has asked Lori Pelletier, executive secretary-treasurer of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, who is the first openly gay woman in the country to lead a state labor federation.

Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, has invited Katherine Hackett of Moodus, one of thousands of Connecticut workers who lost their long-term unemployment benefits on  December 28 because of Congress’ failure to renew the program.

Rep.  John Larson, D-1st District, has invited East Hartford Mayor Marcia LeClerc.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., has asked his wife Cathy to join him.

And Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has invited Staff Sgt. Sandra Lee, a 36-year old veteran of the Iraq War who lives in Manchester. Lee is a victim of sexual abuse in the military.

The guests will watch from the House chamber galleries as Obama addresses a joint session of Congress about his vision for the nation this year.