February 24th, 2009
07:27 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama address: Hearing from the opposing party

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will give the GOP's response to Pres. Obama's speech Tuesday night.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will give the GOP's response to Pres. Obama's speech Tuesday night.

(CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will give the Republican response to Pres. Obama’s speech Tuesday night.

The first official "response" to the State of the Union by the opposing party was delivered by Republicans Sen. Everett Dirksen and Rep. Gerald Ford in 1966. Each television network offered a half-hour slot for response time, although the slots were not "roadblocked" (i.e. did not air at the same time on all networks), and did not air immediately after the President's address.

Television time was first available for the opposing party's response immediately following the State of the Union in 1976.

The choice of speaker usually rotates between the opposing party's House and Senate leadership, although on several occasions party leaders have chosen multiple speakers.

A list of past speakers for the opposing party response dating back to 1990 is available after the jump.


2009 – Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-Louisiana) (scheduled)
2008 – Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kansas)
2007 – Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) in English; Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) in Spanish
2006 – Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA) in English; Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D-Los Angeles) in Spanish
2005 – Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
2004 – Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
2003 – Gov. Gary Locke (D-WA)
2002 – Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-MO)
2001 – Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-MO) and Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD)
2000 – Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN)
1999 – Reps. Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) and Steve Largent (R-OK)
1998 – Senator Trent Lott (R-MS)
1997 – Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK)
1996 – Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS)
1995 – Gov. Christie Todd Whitman (R-NJ)
1994 – Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS)
1993 – Rep Bob Michel (R-IL)
1992 – House Speaker Tom Foley (D-WA)
1991 – Sen. George Mitchell (D-ME)
1990 – House Speaker Tom Foley (D-WA)


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