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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Frederica Wilson pair up for State of the Union

The mingle movement for the president's State of the Union speech is in its second year, and U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Miami Republican, and Frederica Wilson, a Miami Democrat, have already said they'll sit together.

The movement took off last year, as a show of unity following the Arizona shooting that killed six and injured 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. Instead of sitting separately, as is the tradition, many members of Congress paired up with people across the aisle.

Ros-Lehtinen and Wilson serve together on the Foreign Affairs Committee. which Ros-Lehtinen chairs.

Here's what Ros-Lehtinen said: "I have known Frederica for many years and have watched her evolve into one of Florida’s most talented public servants. I am also proud to be able to say that bipartisanship has always been a priority for our Delegation and we do not need a special occasion to highlight it."

"Ileana is a true friend who I have known throughout my political career," said Wilson. "I consider her as the consummate mentor for the Florida delegation."

The state of the union speech is Tuesday, Jan. 24.


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