Stacey Abrams

Former Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams will deliver the official Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address to Congress next week.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters that Abrams, 45, will deliver the party’s response on Tuesday.

“Three weeks ago I called Stacey Abrams and asked her to deliver a response to the state of the union,” Schumer said. “I was very delighted when she agreed.”

Abrams, the former minority leader of Georgia’s House of Representatives, lost a tight gubernatorial race last November where she was hoping to become the first female black governor in the country.

“She has lead the charge for voting rights, which is at the root of just about everything else. And she really has — if you look at her background, she knows what working people, middle-class people go through,” Schumer said.