Guest to the State of the Union

Abigail King

Guest to State of the Union Address

By Abigail King

I was invited by Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, who represents Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, to be her guest to the annual State of the Union Address. Through this opportunity, I was able to advocate for lower prices of prescription drugs.

When I first arrived in Washington, D.C., I was interviewed by a television reporter and discussed that my future strongly depends on lower prices of prescription drugs, specifically insulin. Insulin is essential for me to survive. Once I reach the age of 26, I will be off of my parent’s insurance and will have to pay out-of-pocket until I have insurance personally.

When the interview was over, I met with Congresswoman Finkenauer and called newspaper and radio outlets. They questioned me about my experience and why this is important to me. Many people are interested in hearing my story. We then went to a reception at the Library of Congress, until it was time to find my seat to the State of the Union Address. I was provided with a Sergeant at Arms to escort me to and from the Capitol building.

During the State of Union Address, I listened to President Trump’s message to the country but I also observed the reactions from Congress and other guests. Through my experience during the State of the Union Address, I realized that I was in a room filled with politicians who make decisions that affect me, my friends, my family, and my country.