Republican response to the State of the Union address

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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.[1]

List of Republican responses[edit]

Date President Response given by[2]
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[edit]

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)[3]
February 24, 2009 Barack Obama First address to joint session of Congress Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ros-Lehtinen to deliver Spanish SOTU response". The Hill. January 28, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "Opposition Responses to the State of the Union Messages" (PDF). Senate.gov. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Transcript of Gov. Jindal's GOP response to Obama speech". CNN. February 24, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 

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