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Democratic convention speakers: Michelle Obama delivers address on Monday; Sen. Tammy Duckworth on Thursday

The Democratic convention kicks off Monday and one surprise name on the program is former Justice Department official Sally Yates.

Former first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama
Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks Monday at the Democratic Convention; former President Barack Obama delivers an address Wednesday
Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times file

The Democratic National Convention kicks off Monday with speakers to include former first lady Michelle Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent and Joe Biden’s major rival for the 2020 nomination.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., in the running to be Biden’s vice presidential pick, delivers an address Thursday. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and the 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton are also on the schedule.

One surprise name on the program is former Justice Department official Sally Yates, who will speak Tuesday. While many of the women in the running to be vice president are on the schedule, Susan Rice’s name is absent; however, she is the only one on the short list who does not hold an elected office.

Here’s the lineup, with more names likely to be added to the program, to run from 8 to 10 p.m. Chicago time Monday through Thursday, when Biden accepts the Democratic presidential nomination.


Bernie Sanders, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Rep. Jim Clyburn, Convention Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, Rep. Gwen Moore, former Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Doug Jones, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former first Lady Michelle Obama


Former acting US Attorney General Sally Yates, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, former Secretary of State John Kerry, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, former President Bill Clinton and former second lady Dr. Jill Biden


Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Gov. Tony Evers, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the vice presidential nominee and former President Barack Obama


Sen. Cory Booker, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Sen. Chris Coons, Sen. Kamala Harris, the Biden Family and Vice President Joe Biden