Washington (CNN) – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday she plans to sit with Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland during the State of the Union address, not House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, who had invited her to sit with him.
Cantor will instead sit with a Democratic colleague from Virginia, according to spokesman Brad Dayspring.
“Minority Leader Pelosi declined Eric’s offer, which would have resulted in the two party leaders sitting together,” Dayspring said. “Eric will be sitting at the traditional spot on the House floor reserved for the Majority Leader and will be joined by Rep. Bobby Scott, his friend and colleague from Richmond.”
Pelosi, who announced her State of the Union bipartisan partner in a tweet, had asked Bartlett Monday to sit next to her, before Cantor's invitation, according to a Pelosi aide.
Bartlett said in a statement, "I look forward to sitting with Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi at tonight's State of the Union speech. I also look forward with great hope that Congress and all Americans will listen to President Obama give another speech in the spirit of his address in Tucson."
Pelosi represents a California district in Congress, but she is a Maryland native, and members of the Maryland delegation say she has always kept a close relationship with them.
Bartlett's spokeswoman said Pelosi had invited him to a reception when she became Speaker in 2006.
Joining them will be another California Democrat, Judy Chu.
Although Pelosi and Cantor won't be sitting together, other members of the House leadership in both parties are working on a plan to be next to one another, according to House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.