Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Nancy Reagan's Legacy

Mar 6, 2016
Press Release

Wheaton, IL — Nancy Davis Reagan, the widow of President Ronald Reagan and an American icon in her own right, has passed away at 94.

U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam released the following statement:

“Elizabeth and I were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Nancy Reagan. She and her husband formed one of the most inspiring partnerships in American history. Our hearts are heavy today.

“I’ll never forget the first time I met the first lady. My parents were set to receive the President’s Volunteer Action Award at a White House lunch in 1988 when my dad had to have emergency surgery. I attended in their place. I sat at Nancy Reagan’s table for lunch and explained the circumstances of him not being able to make it. I told her my mom was ‘standing by her man’ (I used those words) at the hospital, and that it would mean the world to my dad if the president gave him a call. ‘What’s the number?’ she said. That night, from Camp David, President Reagan called my dad in the hospital. No cameras. No press releases. Just personal kindness – something that seems tragically lost in today’s politics of fear and agitation.

“Today feels like an important inflection point for the conservative movement. We would be wise to emulate the lives of the Reagans and their abiding commitment to the aspirations of our nation.

“The passing of Nancy Reagan represents the end of an era. It’s up to us, the next generation of conservative leaders, to carry the torch forward in a manner that would make her proud.”