Past Responses to the Annual Presidential Address to Congress

Tradition calls for a member of Congress to respond to the president's annual address before a joint session of Congress, most commonly the State of the Union address, on behalf of the opposition party. Below are a collection of responses and corresponding State of the Union speeches, dating back to 1997.


2008 Democratic Response
Kathleen Sebelius
Governor of Kansas
Sebelius's Remarks:
Transcript
Video
SOTU:
President Bush
2007 Democratic Response
Jim Webb
U.S. Senator from Virginia
Webb's Remarks:
Transcript
Video
SOTU:
President Bush
2006 Democratic Response
Tim Kaine
Governor of Virginia
Kaine's Remarks:
Transcript
Video
SOTU:
President Bush
2005 Democratic Response
Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi
Senate, House Minority Leaders
Reid/Pelosi Remarks:
Transcript
Video
SOTU:
President Bush
2004 Democratic Response
Tom Daschle, Nancy Pelosi
Senate, House Minority Leaders
Daschle/Pelosi Remarks:
Transcript
Video
SOTU:
President Bush
2003 Democratic Response
Gary Locke
Governor of Washington State
Locke's Remarks:
Transcript (PBS)
SOTU:
President Bush (PBS)
2002 Democratic Response
Richard Gephardt
House Minority Leader
Gephardt's Remarks:
Transcript (PBS)
SOTU:
President Bush
2001 Democratic Response
Tom Daschle, Richard Gephardt
Senate, House Minority Leaders
Daschle/Gephardt Remarks:
Transcript (PBS)
Address:
President Bush
2000 Republican Response
Bill Frist, Susan Collins
Sens. from Tennessee and Maine

Frist/Collins Remarks:
Transcript
SOTU:
President Clinton
1999 Republican Response
Jennifer Dunn, Steve Largent
Reps. from Washington and Oklahoma
Dunn/Largent Remarks:
Transcript
SOTU:
President Clinton
1998 Republican Response
Trent Lott
Senate Majority Leader
Lott's Remarks:
Transcript
SOTU:
President Clinton
1997 Republican Response
J.C. Watts
Congressman from Oklahoma
Watts's Remarks:
Transcript (C-SPAN)
SOTU:
President Clinton

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