Muriel Bowser, the District of Columbia's mayor, will be at Tuesday's State of the Union as the guest of Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonDC argues it is shortchanged by coronavirus relief bill An inclusive democracy Demands DC statehood Hillicon Valley: US hits Huawei with new charges | Judge orders Pentagon to halt 'war cloud' work amid Amazon challenge | IRS removes guidance on Fortnite game currency MORE (D-D.C.).

Bowser, a Democrat, is in the third week of her term as mayor. Norton said she hopes the mayor's presence will highlight cooperation between the city and Congress over the District's affairs.


"As the 114th Congress begins, we want to demonstrate that there should be a strong partnership, not a contentious relationship, between local D.C. elected officials and members of Congress," Norton said in a statement.

Bowser's three weeks as mayor have already been particularly challenging due to the train accident at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station that injured nearly 90 people and resulted in one death last week, as well as an underestimation of a Jan. 6 snowstorm that snarled traffic around the region. The Washington Post awarded Bowser with the "Worst Week in Washington" over the weekend.