Last month, democrat Senator Tom Daschle of South Dakota, minority leader in the Senate, agreed to let the governors pick someone to respond to the President's State of the Union speech. Governor Gary Locke of the State of Washington was chosen. Governor Locke serves also chairman of the Democratic Governors' Association. He is the first Chinese American to hold the highest position in a state. In an interview with Timothy Egan, Governor Locke said that he planned to contrast President bush's proposal to cut dividend taxes with Democratic plans to help out everyday people who are struggling. (The York Times, Jan 29, 2003).