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For Immediate Release: 
February 12, 2013
Contact Info: 

Mariel Saez, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – This evening, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) welcomed his State of the Union guests to the U.S. Capitol. Whip Hoyer invited Patricia Bell and Sabrina Worthington, the mother and sister of Maryland State Trooper Wesley Brown, a young officer who was tragically shot and killed while working an off-duty security detail at a restaurant in Forestville, Maryland in 2010.

“I’m pleased Patricia and Sabrina could join me for President Obama’s State of the Union address,” stated Whip Hoyer. “Gun violence continues to plague communities here in Maryland and across the country, putting our brave law enforcement officers at risk every day. Tonight, I expect the President will discuss the need to improve public safety and address gun violence in a comprehensive manner, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to make our communities safer.”

“We are honored to be invited by Congressman Hoyer to attend the President's State of the Union,” said Patricia and Sabrina. “As the family members of a victim of gun violence, we are proud to be here to lend our support for common-sense proposals that will keep our families and first responders safe. It's time for Congress to take action on this issue.”

Whip Hoyer joined a number of House Democrats in inviting individuals affected by gun violence to the State of the Union address. Each member of Congress has the opportunity to bring a guest to sit in the House gallery during the speech.