The White House's guest list for President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress Thursday is filled with representatives from business, labor and Democratic circles.
Guests sitting with first lady Michelle Obama include business owners big and small, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and a pair of U.S. mayors.
The list of 24 guests includes General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Small-business owners invited include Philip Maung, owner of a sushi business, Albert Green, CEO of Kent Displays, which the White House describes as "a rapidly expanding small business in Kent, Ohio," and Jan Heister, president of Premier Tooling and Manufacturing.
Some of the guests are also Americans in danger of losing their jobs because of budget cuts. Nicole Gentile, a third-grade teacher in Cleveland, "is at risk of being laid off given the district’s budget situation," according to the White House.
Earlier Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) released his list of guests who will sit in the House press gallery for the speech. Boehner invited 13 industry representatives who face regulatory burdens as a way of highlighting the obstacles some Americans face in finding a job or job creation.
The White House's entire guest list is below:
Jeffrey R. Immelt, CEO of General Electric
Steve Case, a philanthropist, CEO of Revolution LLC and co-founder of AOL
Darlene Miller, small-business owner
Kenneth Chenault, CEO of the American Express Company
Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D)
Mayor Mark Mallory, mayor of Cincinnati
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, mayor of Los Angeles
Albert Green, small-business owner
Jan Heister, president and chairperson of Premier Tooling and Manufacturing., Inc
Philip Maung, small business owner
Gracey Ibarra, certified nursing assistant
Joseph Kidd, graduate of the U.S. Navy's Hospital Corpsman School
John Raftery, U.S. Marine and president of a construction firm
Nicole Gentile, teacher
Kelcie Fisher, high school senior
Hector R. Sealey, construction company corporate manager
Kirk Bergstrom, engineer with Denver Transit Partners
David Catalano, founder of a digital advertising company
Dannie Mangrum, Maryland corrections officer
Sabrina Mangrum, pursuing teaching degree at Coppin State University
Jessica Pickett, firefighter and field medic
Marlena Clark, a graduate of a local community college
Tamara Washington, recipient of jobs assistance programs