As people file into the House Chamber tonight, the newest Supreme Court justice, Justice Sonia Sotomayor will make her first appearance at a State of the Union. Joining her tonight:
Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts
Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice Stephen Breyer
Associate Justice Samuel Alito
Those not expected to be in attendance tonight:
Associate Justice John Paul Stevens
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas
Supreme Court reporter Shannon Bream and producer Lee Ross report that attendance at State of the Union by the Justices is optional.
The Court is in a small recess now and given that the Justices plan their schedules months in advance, they may not have been able to change their plans, even if they wanted to attend due to other obligations.