DeGette announces virtual guest for Biden’s first address to joint session of Congress

Apr 27, 2021
Press Release

DENVER, CO – U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) announced today that she has invited John Woolley, a Denver resident and 23-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service, to be her virtual guest for President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday. 

Woolley, who has spent most of the past two decades delivering mail throughout Denver’s Wellshire neighborhood, is one of 9,000 U.S. postal service employees in Colorado whose work to deliver essential goods and packages made them a lifeline to millions of residents who were forced to stay in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Woolley, who first began working for the U.S. postal service in 1998, has been hailed by his colleagues for his tireless efforts to ensure that COVID-19 protocols are rigorously followed by his fellow postal service employees to keep them safe and help ensure they’re able to return home to their families each night. 

“Our letter carriers are some of the true unsung heroes of this pandemic,” DeGette said. “The work that John and his colleagues have done throughout this crisis cannot be praised enough. Their tireless dedication to helping others is second to none. We owe all of the brave men and women at the U.S. postal service a tremendous debt of gratitude for their service during these extremely trying times. It’s my privilege to have John as my virtual guest for President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress this week.” 

“The most difficult thing for many of us letter carriers during this pandemic has been missing out on the daily interactions that we used to have with the people along our routes,” Woolley said. “I have a retirement home on my route that I haven’t been able to go inside for over a year. Before the pandemic, I would stop by there daily to talk to the older folks about their day as I delivered them their mail. Unfortunately, the pandemic has taken that part of the job away from many of us and I know it’s one of the main things I’m looking to get back once this is all over.”

Wednesday’s address marks the first time President Biden will appear before a joint session of Congress to provide both chambers, and the American people, an update on the fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic and his first 100 days in office. 

Due to the ongoing health crisis, many members of Congress – including DeGette – will be watching the president’s remarks from back home in their districts. While lawmakers were not allowed to invite guests to attend the president’s remarks in person due to the ongoing pandemic, many members chose instead to invite a virtual guest to honor as part of this week’s address.

The president’s speech is scheduled to begin Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT.