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State of the Union Responses

With Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels scheduled to give the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, he'll join a long list of other politicians who have given responses to presidents' addresses during the past 46 years. Below are those governors, members, and others who gave the official responses to State of the Union addresses, based on information from the House of Representatives' Office of the Clerk:

 

 

Lyndon Johnson

1966

Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill., and Rep. Gerald Ford, R-Mich.
This was the first organized televised State of the Union response.

 

1967

Dirksen and Ford

1968

  • Rep. William Steiger, R-Wis.
  • Sen. Thomas Kuchel, R-Calif.
  • Rep. Ford
  • Sen. Charles Percy, R-Ill.
  • Rep. Richard Poff, R-Va.
  • Rep. George Bush, R-Texas
  • Rep. Robert Mathias, R-Calif.
  • Sen. Howard Baker, R-Tenn.
  • Sen. Hugh Scott, R-Pa.
  • Sen. John Tower, R-Texas
  • Rep. Charlotte Reid, R-Ill.
  • Sen. Peter Dominick, R-Colo.
  • Rep. Albert Quie, R-Minn.
  • Rep. Melvin Laird, R-Wis.
  • Sen. Robert P. Griffin, R-Mich.
  • Sen. George Murphy, R-Calif.

1969

 

No response to President Johnson’s speech, which was delivered six days before President Nixon's inauguration.

 

Richard Nixon

1970

  • Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis.
  • Rep. Donald Fraser, D-Minn.
  • Senator Mike Mansfield, D-Mont.
  • Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson, D-Wash.
  • Sen. Edmund Muskie, D-Maine
  • Rep. Patsy Mink, D-Hawaii
  • Rep. John McCormack, D-Mass.

1971

Sen. Mansfield

1972

  • Sen. Proxmire
  • Sen. Frank Church, D-Idaho
  • Sen. Thomas Eagleton, D-Mo.
  • Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas
  • Rep. Leonor Sullivan, D-Mo.
  • Rep. John Melcher, D-Mont.
  • Rep. John Brademas, D-Ind.
  • Rep. Martha Griffiths, D-Mich.
  • Rep. Ralph Metcalfe, D-Ill.
  • Rep. Carl Albert, D-Okla.
  • Rep. Hale Boggs, D-La.

 

1973

No response. Inauguration of President Nixon.

1974

Sen. Mansfield

 

Gerald Ford

1975

Sen. Hubert Humphrey, D-Minn., and Rep. Carl Albert, D-Okla.

1976

Sen. Muskie

1977

No response to President Ford’s final annual message.

 

Jimmy Carter

1978

Sen. Baker and Rep. John Rhodes, R-Ariz.

1979

Sen. Baker and Rep. Rhodes

1980

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and Rep. Rhodes

 

Ronald Reagan

1981

No response. Inauguration of President Reagan on Jan. 20.

1982

  • Sen. Donald Riegle, D-Mich.
  • Sen. James Sasser, D-Tenn.
  • Rep. Al Gore, D-Tenn.
  • Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.
  • Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.
  • House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill, D-Mass.
  • Sen. Gary Hart, D-Colo.
  • Sen. Paul Sarbanes, D-Md.
  • Sen. J. Bennett Johnston, D-La.
  • Sen. Alan Cranston, D-Calif.

1983

In a prerecorded televised program:

  • Sen. Byrd
  • Sen. Paul Tsongas, D-Mass.
  • Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J.
  • Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del.
  • Rep. Tom Daschle, D-S.D.
  • Rep. Barbara Kennelly, D-Conn.
  • House Speaker O’Neill
  • Rep. George Miller, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Les AuCoin, D-Ore.
  • Rep. Paul Simon, D-Ill.
  • Rep. Timothy Wirth, D-Colo.
  • Rep. W.G. “Bill” Hefner, D-N.C.

1984

  • Sen. Biden
  • Sen. David Boren, D-Okla.
  • Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.
  • Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.
  • Sen. Byrd
  • Sen. Clairborne Pell, D-R.I.
  • Sen. Walter Huddleston, D-Ky.
  • Rep. Dante B. Fascell, D-Fla.
  • Rep. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa
  • Rep. William Gray, D-Pa.
  • House Speaker O’Neill
  • Rep. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.
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