PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 8, 2013 – State Sen. Anthony H. Williams will attend the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb.12 as a guest of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

Each member of Congress may have one guest sit in the gallery that overlooks the House of Representatives chamber.

“It is indeed an honor to attend and witness, first-hand, a State of the Union address, but particularly one given by this president, whom I’ve long supported,” said Williams (D-Phila./Delaware). “There is a sense of partisan paralysis and petty bickering that’s immobilizing the country, and my constituents are bothered by it. I’m bothered by it. We need to come together and work on issues that we all care about, including reducing violence among our youth. I hope what Senator Toomey and I are modeling will demonstrate to others that where there are shared interests, common ground can be found – if we try hard enough, and put the people’s business ahead of our own.”

“Tony Williams is a friend of mine and a hard working legislator for the people of Philadelphia and Delaware County. I have been pleased to work with him over the years on education reform and job creation,” said Toomey (R-PA). “Along with Senator Williams, I look forward to listening to President Obama’s ideas on the serious challenges we face. Hopefully, there will be ways we can work together to leave to our children a stronger, safer, and more prosperous nation.”