Who's on WH guest list? Colbert, Cantor and more

The guest list for the White House state dinner Tuesday night features celebrities like Stephen Colbert and lawmakers, including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)

Tuesday’s event with French President François Hollande is President Obama’s first state dinner of his second term. Like past events it features a mix of lawmakers, celebrities, journalists and administration officials.  

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Big name celebrities like Colbert, actor Bradley Cooper and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the star of the HBO series “Veep,” are scheduled to attend. Others include former NBA commissioner David Stern and singer Mary J Blige. 

The list also features a number of prominent same-sex marriage advocates, including Edith Windsor, one of the plaintiffs in the case that eventually helped invalidate portions of the Defense of Marriage Act last year. NBA basketball player Jason Collins, who became the first current player to announce he was gay, will also attend with his boyfriend. 

A number of high-profile Democrats are also invited, including: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), Rep. Ed Royce and Karen Bass (Calif.).

Head of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) and Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) will also attend. 

On the Republican side, Ryan, Cantor and House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (Ky.) are on the list. 

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagen is the only member of the high court who is scheduled to attend.  

Democratic Govs. Peter Shumlin (Vt.) and Steven Beshear (Ky.), an ally to the administration on healthcare reform, will also attend. 

As for media, invitations went out to CNN president Jeff Zucker, The New York Times' executive editor Jill Abramson as well as The Atlantic’s Steve Clemonds, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, Reuters’ Steve Holland, Julie Pace of The Associated Press, Tangi Quemener of Agence France-Presse and Corine Lesner of Le Monde. 

Other notables include former NAACP president Ben Jealous, Al Sharpton, actress Mindy Kaling and Michael Smith, who helped redecorate the residential area of the White House. 

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