California Senate Republicans Pay Tribute to First Lady Nancy Reagan

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

SACRAMENTO – This week, our country and state are grieving and mourning the loss of former First Lady Nancy Reagan who passed away on Sunday. Her body will lay in repose Wednesday and Thursday of this week at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley for public visitation.

In memory of Mrs. Reagan, California Senate Republicans issued the following statements to pay tribute to her. The California Senate also plans to adjourn an upcoming session in memory of Mrs. Reagan.

Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield):

“The United States of America lost a true leader who was committed to her husband and her country. Former First Lady Nancy Reagan was a beacon of support and leadership for California's former Governor and America's 40th President, Ronald Reagan. Both shared an amazing sense of duty to our nation and led with humility and dignity during a time when our nation was in turmoil. I have profound admiration for Mrs. Reagan. We should never forget her legacy. My thoughts and prayers are with her family."

Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine):

“It was with great sorrow that I learned of the death of First Lady Nancy Reagan. She gave constant and faithful counsel to her husband; was an advocate for America’s youth and an inspiration to the entire nation. But it was her unyielding devotion to him, that proved the central inspiration for a President who helped America believe in itself again. Mrs. Reagan’s legacy and positive impact on the country that mourns her passing cannot be overstated.”

Senator Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel):

"I am saddened to learn of Nancy's passing, but take comfort in that she will be reunited with her husband and best friend, President Reagan. She was a wonderful first lady and an integral part of the Reagan Revolution, inspiring generations of women. Nancy lived a life of grace and dignity that serves as a positive model for others to follow, and our nation will always be grateful for her service. John and I send our condolences to her family."

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado):

“I’m terribly saddened by the passing of our great former First Lady, Nancy Reagan. Her legacy will not be forgotten and my prayers are with her family.”

Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar):

“Nancy Reagan brought a grace and style to the White House that may be impossible for other First Ladies to match. She was more than just a wife to Ronald Reagan. She was his sun on a stormy day, the pillar he leaned against when under a heavy load. Longtime aide Michael K. Deaver, once said: ‘Without Nancy, there would have been no Governor Reagan, no President Reagan.’ She will be missed.”

Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa):

“My prayers and deepest condolences are with the Reagan family as they mourn the loss of Nancy Reagan.  Nancy exemplified dignity and grace.  Her influence, as well as the love and devotion she had for her husband and our nation, will not be forgotten.”

Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga):

“Mrs. Reagan played a vital role in establishing a legacy of principle and duty that still resonates today. She and President Reagan were the perfect partners. Their marriage was anchored not only in their love for one another, but also in their deep commitment to our state and nation. Together they set an example of strength and dignity for generations of Americans. Joanie and I join our country in grieving her loss and praying for her family.”

Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove):

“One of the greatest First Ladies, Nancy Reagan passed away at age 94.  She was an inspiration to all of us. My condolences go out to the entire Reagan family.”

Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber):

“My heart goes out to the Reagan family. President Reagan’s historic heights were achieved because Nancy was his true partner.”

Senator Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley):

"Nancy Reagan was a remarkable woman and gracious leader who brought dignity and poise to the role of First Lady of California and First Lady of the United States of America. Her many contributions to our country will not be forgotten." 

Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside):

“I join my fellow Californians, and those across our nation, in mourning the passing of Nancy Reagan. As the First Lady of the United States, and before that, the First Lady of California, Mrs. Reagan set an example of style, grace and deep love for her husband for generations to follow.” 

Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford):

“First Lady Nancy Reagan was a great and gracious lady.  She and President Reagan were true service leaders.  They leave a legacy of the power of positive change. God bless the Reagan family in their time of grief.”