The chief executive has been invited to sit in First Lady Michelle Obama’s box at the annual message to Congress.

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Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella will be among the White House’s guests at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

Nadella is among 23 guests, including Seattle Police Chief Katheen O’Toole, invited to sit in First Lady Michelle Obama’s box for her husband’s final annual message to Congress.

In a release, the White House cited Microsoft’s support for computer science education and expanded parental leave for its full-time employees. In August, the Microsoft announced new parents would be eligible for an additional eight weeks of leave The following month, Microsoft committed to spending $75 million to support education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, focusing on groups underrepresented in the technology industry.

It’s not the first time the White House has recognized Nadella for Microsoft’s initiatives. The 48-year-old executive introduced Barack Obama at an event in April touting individuals and companies for supporting working families. In March, Microsoft had announced a plan to mandate that its thousands of contractors offer their employees paid time off.

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