Including President Donald J. Trump’s 2020 address, there have been a total of 97 in-person Annual Messages/State of the Union Addresses. Since President Woodrow Wilson’s 1913 address, there have been a total of 85 in-person addresses.
In 1945, President Franklin Roosevelt’s address was read to a Joint Session of the House and Senate. Since the President did not deliver the address, it does not count as an in-person address.
Origins and Authorization
The formal basis for the State of the Union Address is from the U.S. Constitution:
- The President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he
shall judge necessary and expedient.” Article II, Section 3, Clause 1.