Dem. Brown to sit with Republican colleague at State of the Union

Sen. Sherrod Brown, (D-OH)

Sen. Sherrod Brown, (D-OH) will sit with his Republican colleague, freshman Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) during Tuesday night's State of the Union address.

Brown and Portman have invited the entire Ohio congressional delegation, dominated by Republicans, to join him and Sen. Portman.

"It's not the 'D' or the 'R' next to our names, but the 'OH' that is important," Brown said. "Rob and I may come from different parties, but we're both dedicated to creating jobs in Ohio. Sitting together at the State of the Union will demonstrate that we want to work together on a bipartisan basis to advance economic development in Ohio."

It is congressional tradition dating back to early in the 20th century for lawmakers to sit in the House chamber with their respective parties rather than with members of their respective body or state delegation as they listen to the president. This year, following the shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others in an Arizona shopping center parking lot, several lawmakers have suggested that members sit with members of the opposite party in a show of bipartisanship.

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