Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today regarding the death of former first lady Nancy Reagan:
"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."