U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D-Newport news, has invited Virginia gun control activist Lori Haas to be his guest at President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address Tuesday.

Haas, whose daughter Emily was shot but survived the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, heads the Virginia Coalition to STop Gun Violence.

She has worked on gun control issues nationally, including meeting with families affected by the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. in December.

Haas, who lives in Richmond, has been a frequent visitor the Virginia General Assembly this session, where she hoped to craft a compromise deal between Democrats and Republicans to close the "gun show loophole," that allows unlicensed firearms dealers to sell guns at the shows without requiring a back ground check of purchasers. The deal ultimately fell through early last week.

In other State of the Union news, Virginia's newest U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine announced - as part of an ongoing bipartisan tradition - he will be sitting next to U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-Chesapeake, will sit together during Obama's first State of The Union Address of his second term.