Fresh off her 2018 gubernatorial loss and ahead of a possible 2020 Senate bid, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams will be giving the party's response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address next week.
Abrams said on Tuesday that she is "honored" to give the Democratic response.
"She is just a great spokesperson", Schumer said. "She's an incredible leader". 'I'm very excited that she's agreed to be the respondent to the president'.
The speech had initially been scheduled for January 29, but Pelosi postponed it amid what turned into a 35-day partial government shutdown over Trump's demand for border wall funding.
Her campaign attracted a wide-range of national star power and was boosted in its waning days by Oprah Winfrey, who personally knocked on doors for Abrams, surprising more than a few Georgia voters.
Stacey Abrams may not have won her bid to be governor of Georgia, but the defeat - by 55,000 votes out of nearly 4 million - hasn't dimmed her star power among Democrats.
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Following Ms Abrams' remarks, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will deliver the Democratic response in Spanish.
The former minority leader of the Georgia state House of Representatives lost by fewer than 55,000 votes to Republican Brian Kemp, who at the time was Georgia's secretary of state. Earlier this month, she met in Washington with Schumer, who is seeking candidates to run against Sen.
Although she lost, the hotly contested election in what used to be a surefire conservative state gave Abrams national recognition.
Abrams is the first black woman to win a major party nomination for governor. She said after her defeat that she intends to run for office again.
The address has usually been given by a member of Congress or a sitting governor, making Abrams an intriguing choice given that she doesn't now hold a political office.
The announcement comes as Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) finally settled their argument over the State of the Union date. Clinton herself said questioning the results of the election was "a direct threat to our democracy" on Twitter and in person.
After the president gives his State of the Union speech, the opposition party gets a chance to respond.