83R1694 JWI-D
  By: Price H.R. No. 215
         WHEREAS, February 6, 2013, marks the 102nd anniversary of the
  birth of Ronald Reagan, and this date provides a welcome
  opportunity to honor the legacy of the nation's 40th president; and
         WHEREAS, Born in 1911 in Tampico, Illinois, Ronald Wilson
  Reagan first made his name as a film actor and later became
  president of the Screen Actors Guild; in 1966, he was elected
  governor of California, and ably served in that office until 1975;
         WHEREAS, Following his victory in the 1980 presidential
  election, Mr. Reagan began his tenure as the nation's chief
  executive; faced with a range of daunting challenges that included
  high unemployment, inflation, and the ongoing cold war with the
  Soviet Union, he introduced a bold agenda that emphasized economic
  growth and lower taxes along with the establishment of a strong
  national defense; the success of President Reagan's initiatives
  helped renew the nation's self-confidence, and in 1984 he was
  elected to a second term, winning office by one of the largest
  margins in the history of presidential elections; and
         WHEREAS, The president's final four years in office were
  highlighted by his efforts to bring about a major revision of the
  tax code and his continuing efforts to champion government
  accountability; moreover, U.S. forces were used to target
  international terrorism as part of the president's quest to achieve
  "peace through strength"; this same initiative led to important
  breakthroughs in U.S.-Soviet relations and contributed to the
  ultimate downfall of the U.S.S.R.; and
         WHEREAS, A legendary president who helped lead the nation
  through a period of dramatic change and expanding prosperity,
  Ronald Reagan had a positive and enduring influence on the course of
  U.S. history, and it is indeed appropriate to reflect on his
  admirable service to his fellow citizens on the anniversary of his
  birth; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of President Ronald
  Reagan on February 6, 2013, the 102nd anniversary of his birth.