Monday, April 24, 2006

President Reagan to Appear in Statuary Hall?
California Assembly looks to place statue of Ronald Reagan on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C.- The California General Assembly is taking a second look at Senate Joint Resolution 3, a bill that calls for a statue of late President Ronald Reagan to be placed in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill. The bill, introduced by state senator Dennis Hollingsworth (R-El Cajon) unanimously passed the senate in 2005 and has been re-introduced and referred to the house rules committee as of April 17th. The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project (RRLP), a leading force in preserving the ideas of America’s 40th president, urges the Assembly to pass SJR 3 in the 2006 regular session.

Under the direction of the Library of Congress, each state is allowed to place a statue for each of two notable citizens on display. California’s selections are currently Thomas Starr King and Father Junipero Serra. Reagan’s statue would replace that of King, a Union advocate in the Civil War, whose statue would be relocated to the California State Capitol.

“Ronald Reagan left his legacy with the American people, especially those of California where he served two terms as governor and worked many years as an actor,” said Grover Norquist, chairman of the RRLP. “President Reagan’s leadership brought freedom and democracy to millions around the world and recognition of his legacy simultaneously on the state and federal level is fitting. He had an enormous impact on the state of California before moving on to the nation’s capitol to change the world.”

The state of California currently has 22 dedications in honor of the nation’s 40th president. Several community centers and two public schools are among the dedications in addition to the recently named Reagan Missile Defense Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

“The California general assembly should follow the lead of the senate in passing this bill. Legislators across the nation are urged to take Senator Hollingsworth’s example and create lasting memorials to Ronald Reagan,” said Norquist.

The RRLP is committed to preserving the legacy of one of America’s greatest presidents. Grover Norquist, the RRLP President is a long time Washington insider. He is available for interviews about Ronald Reagan’s legacy and the goals of the project. Please contact John Kartch at 202-785-0266 or