Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today announced that Stacey Abrams, former Democratic Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, will deliver the Democratic Response to President Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. They also announced that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will deliver the Spanish language response to the speech.
Former Georgia House Minority Leader Abrams said, "At a moment when our nation needs to hear from leaders who can unite for a common purpose, I am honored to be delivering the Democratic State of the Union response. I plan to deliver a vision for prosperity and equality, where everyone in our nation has a voice and where each of those voices is heard."
Attorney General Becerra said, "I'm looking forward to addressing my fellow Americans on a day when truth, candor and unity should be the order of the day. There is enough good going on in this country that we don't need to hide behind misrepresentations to describe the State of our Union. Americans work hard, we remain the hub of innovation, and we'll fight to defend our liberties and the rule of law. The America I know is ready to fight to keep its healthcare, to root out public corruption, and treat everyone in our nation with respect. Democrats are ready to build a stronger Union."
"Democrats are thrilled that Stacy Abrams will be delivering the Democratic response to the State of the Union," said Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "Her electrifying message of courage, perseverance and hope reinvigorated our nation and our politics, and continues to inspire millions of Americans in every part of the country. Stacey Abrams embodies the American Dream, and her powerful message of progress for all is deeply needed during this time for our country."
"Stacey Abrams is offers a welcome, stark contrast to President Trump's politics of division and lack of leadership as American families are still feeling the impacts of his self-imposed shutdown," said Senate Democratic Leader Schumer. "Stacey Abrams is a present and future leader in this country. She is a dynamic, moral leader; she delivered results on the issues that matter most to Americans; and she tirelessly pursues fairness and justice for everyone in her state."
"We are also proud that California Attorney General and former Congressman Xavier Becerra will be delivering Democrats' Spanish-language response," Pelosi continued. "Attorney General Becerra is a towering champion of equal justice and a tireless fighter for every American's right to quality, affordable health care, and we all look forward to his strong message of progress for all American families and communities."
Schumer added, "Xavier Becerra embodies the promise of America. Throughout his career and most recently as the first Latino to serve as state attorney general in California history, he has kept that promise alive for millions of children and families across the nation by protecting access to affordable health care and defending the dignity of everyone in our country from the Trump administration's harmful and divisive attacks. His moral and vigilant leadership on behalf of hardworking families is a critical marker for all who believe that our country's best days are still ahead of us."
Former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams was Georgia's 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee. The first Black woman to be the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in any state, she won more votes than any other Democrat in Georgia state history. After witnessing the Secretary of State's mismanagement of the 2018 election, Abrams launched Fair Fight to advocate for free and fair elections. Abrams is also a writer, attorney, and entrepreneur.
Xavier Becerra is the 33rd Attorney General of the State of California, and is the first Latino to hold the office. As attorney general, he has led the legal fight against the Trump administration's attacks on families and children, filing more than 100 legal actions -- including 45 lawsuits -- more than any other state attorney general. His efforts to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and clean air and water have helped protect millions of children and families across the nation. Attorney General Becerra is the son of working-class parents; married to Dr. Carolina Reyes, and they are the proud parents of three daughters: Clarisa, Olivia and Natalia.