Mass. Congress Members Announce Guests For State Of Union Address

Congressman Seth Moulton has invited a 10-year-old Syrian refugee as his guest at President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address.

Ahmad Alkhalaf lost his arms and three of his siblings were killed when a bomb hit the Syrian refugee camp where he and his family were living. He's recovering at Boston Children's Hospital while his family remains in Turkey.

Other members of the state's all-Democratic delegation have announced guests for Tuesday's speech.

Rep. Katherine Clark will bring Muslim-American community organizer Nazda Alam of Weston. Sen. Edward Markey will be joined by anti-gun violence activist John Rosenthal.

Rep. Richard Neal is bringing Attorney General Maura Healey, who hopes to spotlight the state's opioid addiction troubles.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has invited University of Massachusetts-Lowell student Alexis Ploss who has highlighted the nation's student debt problem.

Correction: An earlier post identified Ahmad Alkhalaf as 9 years old. He is 10. We regret the error.

This article was originally published on January 12, 2016.



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