The Washington Times - January 20, 2011, 03:10PM

Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana said Thursday she and Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine will sit together during President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

Landrieu and Snowe — members of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee — will sit on the side of the House chamber where Republicans have traditionally sat, the Louisiana Democrat said.


Landrieu last week joined 30 other senators in a bipartisan effort to have members sit commingled instead of on separate sides of the aisle, as is tradition.

“Although Olympia and I are members of different political parties, we are first and foremost Americans,” Landrieu said. “Sitting together during the president’s State of the Union address is a small reflection of the friendship Olympia and I share.”

Other bipartisan pairs in recent days also have said they will sit together for the president’s speech, including Democratic Sen Charles E. Schumer of New York and Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, and Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin — a Democrat — and Mark Kirk — a Republican.