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Joyce to sit next to Democrat during State of the Union speech

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 7, 2013

Freshman Congressman David Joyce won't be seated among his Republican colleagues during the State of the Union speech next week.

Instead, he plans to sit next to U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, a Democrat from Illinois who also is new to Congress.

"In the spirit of bipartisanship and working together, we are looking forward to attending President Obama's State of the Union address together," Joyce said in a news release this morning. "As freshman members new to Washington, we understand our members want to see common-sense solutions to our nation's problems, not partisan bickering."

Joyce and Bustos met while attending a bipartisan Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service with 11 other Congressional members. 

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