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Ronald Reagan


Picture of Ronald Reagan
Library of Congress
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-08-1966 Republican Governor 3742913 Win
11-03-1970 Republican Governor 3439664 Win
11-04-1980 Republican President 4524858 Win
11-06-1984 Republican President 5467009 Win

Candidate Biography:

Ronald Wilson Reagan
Born: February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois
Married: Jane Wyman, Nancy Davis (in 1952)
Children: Maureen**, Michael, Christine, Patti, and Ron
Military Service: ARMY (WWII), USAF
Died: June 5, 2005 in Bel-Air, CA

1962: Chairman, Loyd Wright for U.S. Senate [Lost in the Primary]*
1966: Proponent, Proposition 1A [Full-time Legislature] (Passed; 73.5%)
1968: Primary Candidate for President (Lost)
1976: Primary Candidate for President (Lost; 65.5% in California)

  • AWARD: Presidential Medal of Freedom (1993)
    Nancy Reagan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002.
  • US Currency: Ronald Reagan appeared on a "Presidential $1 Coin" that will be issued in 2016.
  • HONOR: In 2005, the United States Postal Service issued a 37¢ postage stamp depicting Reagan. It was reissued as a 39¢ postage stamp in 2006. In 2010, the USPS issued a Forever Stamp to honor Reagan on what would have been his 100th birthday.
  • In 1968, Reagan entered the race late and did not compete in the California Presidential Primary. In 1976, Reagan easily won the California primary, but failed to win enough states to gain the Republican nomination.
  • CAPITOL: A bronze statue of Reagan is located in the basement of the Capitol in Sacramento, about 30 feet below where he took the oath of office as Governor. The statue was dedicated on June 22, 2015.
  • Maureen Reagan, a Republican, was a primary candidate twice; for US Senate in 1982 (Lost; 5.2%) and CD-36 in 1992 (Lost; 30.7%) 
  • FULL-TIME LEGISLATURE: "In California we have undergone in recent years a change from a part-time legislature paid on a token basis to a full-time legislature with salary commensurate to the time and effort required by the job." [Source: Reagan: A Life In Letters by Kiron K. Skinner] 
  • In 1967, Reagan was the target of an attempted recall led by Nancy L. Parr. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.
  • In 1968, Reagan was the target of an attempted recall led by Joyce A. Koupal and James E. Berg. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.
  • In 1972, Reagan was the target of an attempted recall led by Margaret Bullard. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot. 
  • Silver Screen: Reagan was an actor who appeared in 61 movies.
  • This individual has a Hollywood Star. 
  • PLACENAME: A number of places and things have been named for Reagan:
    The Ronald Reagan State Building in Los Angeles was opened on October 26, 1990.
    The western end of the Route 118 Freeway, near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, was named the "Ronald Reagan" freeway (as of 1994).
    California is home to eight schools named for President Reagan; seven Elementary Schools (in Bakersfield, Chowchilla, Clovis, Kingsburg, Palm Desert, Sanger, Wildomar) and one K-12 Academy in Dinuba.
    Ronald Reagan Park is located in Diamond Bar, CA.
    Other places named for Ronald Reagan in the United States
  • A statue of Reagan (one of two donated by California) is on display at the National Statuary Hall Collection (2009-Present). In 2006, the State Legislature passed SJR 3 (introduced by Senator Hollingsworth) which asked that a statue of President Reagan be placed in the National Statuary Hall.
  • Reagan served as Chairman of Loyd Wright's campaign for U.S. Senate in 1962 in spite of having served as the attorney for Jane Wyman during her divorce from Reagan in 1949.
  • Reagan was a 2006 Inductee to the California Hall of Fame.

Source: California Blue Book (1967), (1971)