During the July 4th holiday festivities, we thank those that have led our nation to greatness. It was the leadership of patriots, like the leadership of President Ronald Reagan, that propelled our nation to the forefront of the world.
In state capitols throughout the country, memorials stand in tribute to past presidents and other influential leaders. A bronze statue of Jimmy Carter greets visitors in Atlanta, Georgia; JFK in Boston, Massachusetts; Dwight Eisenhower in Topeka, Kansas; and Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.
President Reagan spent most of his adult life in California, professionally as an actor and then serving as the 33rd Governor of California before being elected as the 40th President of the United States. He remains one of the most transformative world leaders of the 20th century.
To celebrate his lasting legacy, I have authored Assembly Bill 2358 which would authorize a memorial statue of President Ronald Reagan to be placed in California’s State Capitol. California has a phenomenal opportunity to honor President Reagan in the very place he began his political career 45 years ago. This is a necessary step towards honoring the only Governor of California to become President of the United States.
The statue will be privately funded, at NO cost to tax payers, just as President Reagan would have wanted.
The decision to implement a memorial for Ronald Reagan should not be based on political beliefs or ideologies, but out of respect for a President who had an overwhelming impact in California, the United States, and the world. AB 2358 is supported by the Ronald Reagan Foundation and Library, an organization responsible for placing several bronze statues of President Reagan throughout the world. This proposal has received bi-partisan support and has already passed the Assembly Floor
It is time to pay respect to President Reagan for his everlasting mark on our nation’s history and this great man deserves to be memorialized in our state capitol where he once served as Governor.