March 6, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement in reaction to the news of the passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan:

Debbie and I are saddened by Mrs. Reagan’s passing, but we take comfort in the knowledge that she and President Reagan are together again.  

“President Reagan was famous for his smile, and Nancy was usually the reason he was smiling.  During her husband’s presidency and the difficult years that followed, Nancy Reagan was a rock of strength and unconditional love, and a leader in her own right on matters close to her heart.  

“One of the great privileges of my days in the House leadership was the opportunity to escort Mrs. Reagan at the unveiling of the statue of her late husband in the United States Capitol.  I witnessed that day the love she felt for America and all she and President Reagan had sacrificed to achieve during their years of public service, and it made a profound impression on me that I carried through the rest of my own time in office.

“May they now both rest in peace in God’s loving arms, reunited for eternity.”