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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) invited Justina Pettway to attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.  Pettway serves as a custodian in the Russell Senate Office Building through Goodwill of Greater Washington’s AbilityOne program.  Pettway was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and she is very dedicated to her job.

This is the second year in a row that Sen. Kennedy has invited someone from the AbilityOne Program to accompany him to the State of the Union.  Many local Goodwill® organizations participate in the AbilityOne program, a federal initiative to help people who are blind or have other significant disabilities find employment through a national network of nonprofit agencies that contract with the federal government.

“Justina is such a joy to see in the hallways around Russell.  Her smile can light up a room and light up your day.  She also works very hard and is good at her job,” said Sen. Kennedy. “I am excited to have her accompany me to the State of Union address.  She helps daily to maintain a friendly and welcoming work environment on the Hill for the senators, our staff and the public.  She deserves to enjoy this historic event.”