Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican Leader John Boehner joined former first lady Nancy Reagan this morning for the unveiling of a statue of 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan.
The Reagan statue is now part of the National Statuary Hall Collection, which is comprised of two statues donated by individual states to honor persons notable in each state’s history. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation led the efforts to donate the statue of our nation’s fortieth president after the California State and Assembly unanimously approved a resolution to send a statue to the Capitol in August of 2006, a request initiated by Congressmen Ken Calvert (44th District – California).
The statue, sculpted by American artist Chas Fagan of North Carolina, measures seven feet high and is cast in an everdur silicon bronze, weighing 500 pounds. It is mounted on a three foot high marble pedestal which contains the Great Seal of the Governor of California on one side and the Great Seal of the President of the United States on the other.