Originally Published: January 20, 2011 9:55 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar has joined the call for Republicans and Democrats to sit next to each other during Tuesday's State of the Union address.
Republican members of Congress traditionally sit on one side of the chamber, while Democrats sit on the other.
But the call for bipartisan seating came after the tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson on Jan. 8.
"The American people want their members of Congress to put partisan politics aside and address the critical challenges facing our nation," said Gosar, a freshman Republican from Flagstaff who represents Arizona's 1st Congressional District. "I encourage all of my colleagues to join me in supporting the effort to have Democrats and Republicans sitting together, united, at the president's State of the Union rather than the status quo.
"This symbolic gesture will set the tone for the 112th Congress and show our constituents we are capable of respectfully debating the issues and working together to find solutions to the problems of the day."