U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Madison, Wisc., a lesbian, has been named an honorary co-chair of President-elect Obama's inauguration. The announcement comes a few days after the Obama team said that Rick Warren, a Christian conservative minister who campaigned against gay marriage in California, will deliver the inaugural invocation.
Here's the official announcement about Baldwin and the other co-chairs:
Presidential Inaugural Committee Announces Honorary Co-Chairs
Bipartisan Collection of Distinguished Americans to Help Lead Inaugural Activities
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee announced the honorary co-chairs for the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden.
In keeping with the President-elect's commitment to an inclusive and bipartisan Inauguration, the list of honorary co-chairs includes members of the President-elect and Vice President-elect's immediate families as well as prominent Americans from both sides of the aisle who have dedicated their lives to selfless service to their fellow citizens.
"Vice President-elect Biden and I are grateful to these distinguished men and women for agreeing to serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the Inauguration," said President-elect Obama. "From family members to former Presidents, each of these leaders has an unwavering commitment to bipartisan cooperation and a proud record of service to their community and our country. They exemplify the spirit of unity and shared purpose this Inauguration will reflect."
The Honorary Co-Chairs for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration are:
President Jimmy Carter
President George H. W. Bush
President William J. Clinton
Mayor Adrian Fenty
Senator Dick Durbin
Senator Dick Lugar
Senator Claire McCaskill
Representative Tammy Baldwin
Representative Artur Davis
Representative Ray Lahood
Representative Linda Sánchez
General Colin Powell
Hunter and Kathleen Biden
Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng
For the latest information on the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, please visit www.pic2009.org.