More then two dozen people were invited to sit with first lady Michelle Obama in the gallery during President Obama's State of the Union address. Here's a closer look at some of the people who will be watching the State of the Union in person.
Daniel Hernandez Jr. is greeted by President Obama at a memorial event for shooting victims in Tucson, Ariz., earlier this month. Hernandez's first aid at the scene helped save the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, for whom he was interning.
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Dr. Peter Rhee, chief of trauma at University Medical Center in Tucson, briefs the media on Giffords's condition earlier this month. Rhee oversaw Giffords's surgery and early recovery and gave regular briefings to the media and anxious viewers.
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Roxanna and John Green and their son Dallas arrive for the funeral of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Tucson on January 13. The president invoked Christina's memory in his speech at the memorial service, saying, "I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it."
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Amy Chyao, a 16-year-old high school junior from Richardson, Texas, developed a photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy, an emerging cancer treatment that uses light energy to activate a drug that kills cancer cells. With her work, Amy won the first-place Gordon E. Moore Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May.
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Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during combat in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley in October 2007. Giunta is the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.
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Ursula Burns (left), chief executive officer of Xerox, during a meeting of the President's Export Council on December 9. Burns is vice chair of the council, and she's been involved in various White House educational initiatives for more than a year.
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Jim Houser of Portland, Oregon, owner of Hawthorne Auto Clinic, shakes hands with the president after a backyard discussion on health care reform on September 22 in Falls Church, Va. Houser will attend the State of the Union as an example of the health care overhaul law's benefits for small business.
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Mikayla Nelson, a high school freshman from Billings, Mont., met the president at the White House Science Fair in October. Her National Science Bowl team won first place for its solar car design.
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The Arizona delegation will leave an open seat for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., during the State of the Union.
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