Meet the Speakers at the Democratic Convention Tuesday

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Two former presidents, a former Speaker of the House, a former Attorney General, a New York Senator who served alongside Hillary Clinton and two actresses are speaking on the second night of the Democratic convention.

Here’s a look at the lineup of speakers Tuesday:

Jimmy Carter

The 39th U.S. President will appear in a prerecorded video. Carter, a former Georgia governor, was president in the late 1970s, losing to Ronald Reagan in 1980. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for the humanitarian work he committed his life to following his presidency. Carter announced last year he is battling cancer.

Former President Jimmy Carter Holds News Conference On His Cancer Diagnosis
Former President Jimmy Carter discusses his cancer diagnosis during a press conference at the Carter Center on Aug. 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Jessica McGowan—Getty Images)

Nancy Pelosi

The first female Speaker of the House, Pelosi is likely to touch on the significance of Clinton being the first female major party nominee for President. Pelosi is the Democratic minority leader in the House and represents San Francisco. She was recently in the news for holding a sit-in with fellow Democrats in an attempt to force House Republicans to hold a vote on gun control legislation.

Nancy Pelosi Holds Weekly Press Briefing At U.S. Capitol
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the media during her weekly news conference at the US Capitol on May 19, 2016 in Washington, DC.(Mark Wilson—Getty Images)

America Ferrara

The Latina actress who first came to fame in the television show “Ugly Betty” has not minced words about her feelings on this year’s presidential election. Earlier this month, she said Donald Trump’s comments about immigrants “will serve brilliantly to energize Latino voters and increase turnout on Election Day against you.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 18: America Ferrera attends the 2016 Stand for Kids Annual Gala benefiting Orthopedic Institute for Children held at Twentieth Century Fox Studio Lot on June 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)(Michael Tran—FilmMagic)

Chuck Schumer

Schumer will likely take over leadership of the Senate Democrats when Harry Reid resigns at the end of this term. A long-time New York Senator, Schumer is known for pushing for tighter gun laws and being heavily involved in Democratic party politics.

Senate Democrats Calls On Senate Republicans To Bring the "Seniors and Veterans Emergency Benefits Act" Up For Vote
Sen. Chuck Schumer, (D-NY), speaks about social security, during a news conference on Capitol Hill, February 9, 2016 in Washington, DC.(Mark Wilson—Getty Images)

Meryl Streep

Streep has appeared in a number of versatile roles for more than thirty years. She has won three Academy Awards and been nominated 19 times. Streep frequently speaks out about sexism and political issues. Last month, she dressed up as Donald Trump and impersonated him in New York City.

Meryl Streep, dressed as Donald Trump, performs onstage at the 2016 Public Theater Gala at Delacorte Theater in New York City on June 6, 2016.
Meryl Streep, dressed as Donald Trump, performs onstage at the 2016 Public Theater Gala at Delacorte Theater in New York City on June 6, 2016.(Paul Zimmerman—WireImage)

Eric Holder

Barack Obama’s attorney general for six years and the first African-American to hold the office, Holder will give a primetime address at the convention. Holder’s administration of the Justice Department was notable in many ways. He defended U.S. drone strikes, fought to preserve the Voting Rights Act, directed federal lawyers to not focus on state-permitted marijuana activities and sparred often with Congress. Since leaving office, Holder has returned to working at a private law firm.

Attorney General Eric Holder walks from Air Force One after arriving with US President Barack Obama at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, March 6, 2015.(Saul Loeb—AFP/Getty Images)

Other Tuesday speakers include:

Former President Bill Clinton; former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, who championed the Americans With Disabilities Act; incoming Interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile; mothers of black men and women killed by gun violence, at the hands of police or in police custody; and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

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