According to the bipartisan group No Labels, more than 120 members of Congress have signed on to the group’s call for bipartisan seating at the State of the Union.
Some of the other bipartisan seatmates announced so far include Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Landrieu oil is changing the world and Washington Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Republican announces bid for Vitter’s seat MORE (D-La.), who will be sitting with Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.); Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiThe Hill's 12:30 Report Bishop eyes new Puerto Rico bill after recess Week ahead: Senate looks to wrap up energy, water spending bill MORE (R-Alaska) with Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallEnergy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium Two vulnerable senators lack challengers for 2016 MORE (D-Colo.); Sen. Mark KirkMark KirkElizabeth Warren stumps, raises funds for Duckworth GOP blocks slate of Obama judicial nominees Durbin: McConnell should move criminal justice bill next month MORE (R-Ill.) with Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinWest Virginia Dem defends Clinton support despite coal remarks Reid: Judiciary a 'rubber stamp' for Trump-McConnell Bill Clinton heckled in W.Va. MORE (D-W.Va.); Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsLarry Wilmore, Sting party in DC ahead of WHCD GOP women push Trump on VP pick Sanders is most popular senator, according to constituent poll MORE (R-Maine) with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.); Sen. Kay HaganKay Hagan10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 Senate Republicans are feeling the 'Trump effect' Washington's lobby firms riding high MORE (D-N.C.) with Sen. Joe McCain (R-Ariz.); and Rep. Ron KindRon KindLawmakers, small businesses praise employee stock ownership plans Bipartisan bill would cement IRS Free File program Bottom Line MORE (D-Wis.) with Rep. Dave ReichertDavid ReichertLawmakers, small businesses praise employee stock ownership plans Bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduces tariff bill Business ups pressure for tariff relief MORE (R-Wash.).
Last year, Udall called on lawmakers to sit with a member of the opposing party instead of the traditional, partisan seating arrangement as a symbolic show of unity following the assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). The process of finding State of the Union “dates” became a bonding narrative on Capitol Hill.
Most of the seat dates announced so far this year are changed from last year.