Hawaii’s newly elected Congressman Mark Takai has been tapped to serve on the Escort Committee for President Barack Obama’s seventh State of the Union address Tuesday evening.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who was in Honolulu last week for Takai’s swearing-in ceremony, made the decision to have the freshman lead the president into the chamber where he shakes hands with members along the center aisle en route to the rostrum to deliver his speech, according to a media advisory from Takai.

Obama’s State of the Union address, which starts at 4 p.m. (9 p.m. EST), is expected to focus on the middle class. The president has already unveiled some of his proposals for the coming year, including free community college and better tax credits for child care.

Representative Mark Takai gives a congratulatory kiss to Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi after Takai took his oath of office .  16 jan 2015 photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai gives a congratulatory kiss to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi after taking his oath of office, Jan. 16.

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