House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) issued the following statement commemorating the 100th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's birth:
"Today our nation commemorates the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan and the legacy of freedom he left to America and the world.
At a time when our country needed a hero, President Reagan rekindled the American spirit and inspired a generation with his powerful words, his unwavering optimism, and his steadfast belief in the goodness of the American way of life.
Whether it was as an actor, a spokesman, a governor, or President of the United States, Ronald Reagan was always guided by a deep, unrelenting desire to see America succeed. He believed that our nation's best days still lay ahead of us, and that liberty will always triumph over every form of tyranny. Because of the courage behind his convictions, President Reagan was able to stand down the Soviet Union and liberate untold millions from communist tyranny.
All Americans live in a freer and more prosperous world because of Ronald Reagan.
100 years from now, President Reagan's legacy and leadership will continue to inspire Americans to believe in the greatness of our country. And as long as his principles are cherished and passed down to every new generation, America will remain that 'shining city on a hill' and the last best hope for man on earth."