Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today joined dignitaries and colleagues in celebrating the dedication of a new statue at the State Capitol honoring former California Governor and President Ronald Reagan.
“Ronald Reagan’s remarkable record as president has left us a nation that is stronger, more free, and more prosperous, and I’m pleased we were able to honor him at the State Capitol, where he fine-tuned his leadership skills in preparation for the world stage,” said Bates. “I encourage everyone who visits Sacramento to see the statue, which I hope will spark thoughtful discussions on Reagan’s leadership and legacy for generations to come.”
The statue is located in the lower rotunda of the State Capitol. It was created by sculptor Douglas Van Howd, who was a longtime friend of President Reagan and served as the White House artist during his first term. Van Howd worked closely with the Ronald Reagan Centennial Capitol Foundation and the Reagan family in designing the statue.
Assembly Bill 2358, authored by former Assembly Members Curt Hagman and Martin Garrick, authorized the creation of a memorial statue of Ronald Reagan to be placed at the State Capitol. Construction of the statue was funded entirely with private donations.
Senator Bates (center) poses for a photo with fellow Senators Janet Nguyen and Jim Nielsen, at the President Reagan Memorial Statue Unveiling at the State Capitol in Sacramento.