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.

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Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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