Who sits where during a State of the Union speech? [infographic]

President Obama delivering a speech in Congress (© Charles Dharapak/AP Images)
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 27, 2010. (© Charles Dharapak/AP Images)

The three branches of the federal government come together at the U.S. Capitol every year (except a president’s first year in office) to hear the president deliver the State of the Union address. That speech to a joint session of Congress allows the president to lay out an agenda for the coming year.

President Biden’s first State of the Union address is scheduled for March 1. Take a look at where the president will make his remarks and where all the major players in Washington — including the first lady, Supreme Court justices, the Cabinet and media — will sit to listen to him.

Graphic showing where people sit for State of the Union speech (State Dept./Julia Maruszewski)
(State Dept./J. Maruszewski)

This story was previously published on February 4, 2019.