WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Matt Rosendale announced yesterday that Billings Gazette photographer Larry Mayer will be his guest this evening for the State of the Union Address. Mayer was the first person to take a picture of the Chinese spy balloon that flew over Montana's missle field, and other military installations across the country, before it was finally shot down off the South Carolina coast on in February of last year.

    In a press release, Rosendale said Mayer's presence in the gallery during President Biden's address to Congress is meant to - quote - "remind Biden that no matter what he says, he cannot hide the realities of how vulnerable he has made our country.”

    U.S Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, announced he will bring Fred Hamilton of Columbia Falls as his guest this evening. Hamilton is an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam where he was exposed to toxins during his service and is now receiving VA benefits under legislation Tester sponsored.

Neither Sen. Steve Daines nor Rep. Ryan Zinke have said if they are planning to bring guests to the speech.

KSEN and KZIN-fm will carry the State of the Union and the Republican response to it, live this evening, beginning at 7:00pm.

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