Wednesday, September 06, 2006

California Votes for Reagan
Golden State lawmakers approve statue of Reagan for Capitol

Washington, D.C. – On August 30, California’s legislature voted to place a statue of Ronald Reagan in the National Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill. Reagan’s statue will replace that of Thomas Starr King, a Civil War era Republican, as one of California’s two notable citizens in Statuary Hall. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth (R- El Cajon) was approved of by a 51-0 vote. The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project (RRLP), a leading force in preserving the ideas of America’s 40th president, praises the efforts of all involved in enhancing Reagan’s legacy.

King’s statue will be placed in the state capitol; a move which many feel will increase his profile as a great Republican orator. Reagan will join Father Junipero Serra as representatives of California in the National Statuary Hall, which under the direction of the Library of Congress, allows each state to place a statue of two notable citizens on display.

“As the only governor of California to serve as President of the United States, Ronald Reagan is the clear choice for a delegate to Statuary Hall,” said Grover Norquist, chairman of the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project. “Thanks to the leadership of Sen. Hollingsworth, Reagan’s legacy to the state of California and to the world will continue to grow.”

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.

“While Ronald Reagan had an enormous effect on the world, he also played a great role in the lives of the citizens of California,” said Norquist. “Reagan brought freedom and democracy to millions around the globe while his economic policies ushered in the longest peacetime economic expansion in history. Recognizing his memory on every level is a great honor to his life and legacy.”

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