Stacey Abrams, who ran for governor last year in Georgia, will give the Democratic response to President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE's State of the Union speech next week, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden's Supreme Court commission ends not with a bang but a whimper Hispanic organizations call for Latino climate justice in reconciliation Senate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act MORE (D-N.Y.) announced.
"Three weeks ago, I called Stacey Abrams and asked her to deliver the response, I was very delighted when she agreed," Schumer told reporters on Tuesday.
NEW: Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerBiden's Supreme Court commission ends not with a bang but a whimper Hispanic organizations call for Latino climate justice in reconciliation Senate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act MORE announces Stacey Abrams will deliver the Democrats' response to the State of the Union.— ABC News (@ABC) January 29, 2019
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Abrams has previously served as the Democratic leader of the Georgia General Assembly. She unsuccessfully ran against Brian Kemp (R) for governor in November in what turned out to be a hotly contested election, with her receiving 48.8 percent of the vote.
Trump's rescheduled State of the Union address is set for Feb. 5. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats step up pressure on Biden on student loan forgiveness Climate activists target Manchin Democrats face growing storm over IRS reporting provision MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday invited Trump to deliver the annual address after previously blocking plans for the speech during the partial government shutdown that ended last Friday.
Abrams’s invitation to deliver the Democratic response was first reported by MSNBC host Chris Hayes.
Delivering the response to a State of the Union can raise a politician's profile, and leaders typically choose rising stars within their party for the task.
Last year’s Democratic response was delivered by Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedySupreme Court confounding its partisan critics Warren says she'll run for reelection to Senate Five centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote MORE III (D-Mass.).
Abrams has met with Democrats, including Schumer, about the possibility of a Senate run next year following her 2018 campaign. Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) will be up for reelection in 2020.
“I need to make decisions not based on animus or bitterness or sadness, but really based in a pragmatism that says, ‘This is the right thing to do,’ ” Abrams said in a radio interview earlier this month.
“And I’m going to use that calculus and I intend to make a decision about the job I’m going to run for next by the end of March.”
Updated: 3:49 p.m.