Republican response to the State of the Union address
||It has been suggested that this article be merged with Democratic response to the State of the Union address. (Discuss) Proposed since February 2013.|
The Republican response to the State of the Union address, sometimes referred to simply as the Republican response, is a rebuttal speech, often brief, delivered by a representative (or representatives) of the Republican Party following a presidential State of the Union address when the president is a Democrat. When the president is a Republican, a similar rebuttal is referred to as the Democratic response.
Washington U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Florida U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen delivered the most recent Republican response, on January 28, 2014, in English and Spanish, respectively.
List of Republican responses
|Date||President||Response given by|
|January 12, 1966||Lyndon Johnson||U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen (Illinois) and U.S. Representative Gerald Ford (Michigan) 1|
|January 10, 1967||U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen (Illinois) and U.S. Representative Gerald Ford (Michigan)|
|January 17, 1968||U.S. Senators Thomas Kuchel (California), Charles Percy (Illinois), Howard Baker (Tennessee), Hugh Scott (Pennsylvania), John Tower (Texas), Peter Dominick (Colorado), Robert P. Griffin (Michigan), and George Murphy (California); U.S. Representatives William Steiger (Wisconsin), Gerald Ford (Michigan), Richard Poff (Virginia), George Bush (Texas), Robert Mathias (California), Charlotte Reid (Illinois), Albert Quie (Minnesota), and Melvin Laird (Wisconsin)|
|January 19, 1978||Jimmy Carter||U.S. Senator Howard Baker Jr. (Tennessee) and U.S. Representative John Rhodes (Arizona)|
|January 23, 1979||U.S. Senator Howard Baker Jr. (Tennessee) and U.S. Representative John Rhodes (Arizona)|
|January 23, 1980||U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (Alaska) and U.S. Representative John Rhodes (Arizona)|
|January 25, 1994||Bill Clinton||U.S. Senator Robert Dole (Kansas)|
|January 24, 1995||New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman|
|January 23, 1996||U.S. Senator Robert Dole (Kansas)|
|February 4, 1997||U.S. Representative J.C. Watts (Oklahoma)|
|January 27, 1998||U.S. Senator Trent Lott (Mississippi)|
|January 19, 1999||U.S. Representatives Jennifer Dunn (Washington) and Steven Largent (Oklahoma)|
|January 27, 2000||U.S. Senators Susan Collins (Maine) and William Frist (Tennessee)|
|January 27, 2010||Barack Obama||Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell|
|January 25, 2011||U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (Wisconsin); U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Florida) (Spanish version)|
|January 24, 2012||Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels|
|February 12, 2013||Florida Senator Marco Rubio (both English and Spanish versions)|
|January 28, 2014||U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Washington); U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Florida) (Spanish version)|
1 First organized, televised response to a presidential State of the Union message
Non–State of the Union responses
In addition to Republican responses to official State of the Union addresses, there have been two Republican responses to non–State of the Union speeches which were delivered soon after the inaugurations of Presidents Clinton and Obama.
|Date||President||Address type||Response given by|
|February 17, 1993||Bill Clinton||First address to joint session of Congress||U.S. Representative Bob Michel (Illinois)|
|February 24, 2009||Barack Obama||First address to joint session of Congress||Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal|
- "Ros-Lehtinen to deliver Spanish SOTU response". The Hill. January 28, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
- "Televised Opposition Responses to State of the Union Messages (1966-Present)". Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
- "Opposition Responses to the State of the Union Messages" (PDF). Senate.gov. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
- "Transcript of Gov. Jindal's GOP response to Obama speech". CNN. February 24, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
- Transcript of Paul Ryan's 2011 Republican response
- Transcript of Mitch Daniels's 2012 Republican response
- Transcript and video of Marco Rubio's 2013 Republican response
- Transcript and video of Cathy McMorris Rodgers's 2014 Republican response