Ronald Reagan Day

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Ronald Reagan Day
Reagans early 1990s.jpg
Ronald and Nancy Reagan in California after leaving the White House
Observed by California, Wisconsin
Date February 6
Next time February 6, 2022 (2022-02-06)
Frequency annual

Ronald Reagan Day is a day of recognition that occurs every February 6, starting in 2011, in the state of California for Ronald Reagan, who was that state's Governor from 1967–1975 and President of the United States from 1981–1989.[1]

Ronald Reagan Day has also been declared a state holiday in Wisconsin.[2] For the 100th anniversary of Reagan's birthday in 2011, governors in 21 states issued proclamations designating February 6 Ronald Reagan Day.[3]

Reagan was an American politician who is the only Governor of California to have ever been elected President of the United States, when he won the presidency in 1980.


As Reagan was the 33rd Governor of California and that state's only Governor to become President of the United States, several of his successors proclaimed February 6 as Ronald Reagan Day in California in his honor. Governor Gray Davis, a Democrat, proclaimed February 6 Ronald Reagan Day in both 2002[4] and 2003.[5] Davis's Republican successor, Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed February 6 Ronald Reagan Day in 2004,[6] 2005,[7] 2006,[8] 2007,[9] 2008,[10] 2009,[11] and 2010.[12]

Senator George Runner introduced Senate Bill 944 on February 3, 2010.[13] The bill passed the Senate Education Committee on March 24, 2010, by a 7-0 vote.[14] SB 944 was approved by the full Senate on April 8, 2010, by a 34-0 vote.[15]

After its approval in the Senate, SB 944 was sent to the Legislature's lower house, where the bill passed the Assembly Education Committee on June 16, 2010, by a 5-1 vote.[16] The bill was approved by the full Assembly on June 28, 2010, by a 66-0 vote.[17]

On July 19, 2010, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 944 into law, making Ronald Reagan Day a permanent day of special significance in California.[18][19] The bill declared the first Ronald Reagan Day to be February 6, 2011—Reagan's 100th birthday. The day is not a state holiday but will be marked by public schools with "exercises remembering the life of Ronald Reagan, recognizing his accomplishments, and familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to California."[20]

Schwarzenegger's immediate successor, Jerry Brown (who was, coincidentally, Reagan's immediate successor as Governor 36 years beforehand, and who was also the son of Pat Brown, whom Reagan defeated in the 1966 election to become Governor) proclaimed Ronald Reagan Day in 2011,[21][22] as obligated by SB 944.

Legislative history

Session Short title Bill number Date introduced Senate Assembly Governor Lead Author Joint Author Principal Co-Author Co-Authors
2009-10 Ronald Reagan Day SB 944 February 3, 2010 Passed the Senate 34-0 Passed the Assembly 66-0 Signed into Law by the Governor on July 19, 2010 Senator George Runner Senator Tony Strickland Assembly Member Audra Strickland

See also


  1. Jack Dolan (July 19, 2010). "Schwarzenegger signs Ronald Reagan Day into law". Los Angeles Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Governor Davis Proclaims February 6, 2002 "Ronald Reagan Day" in California". Office of the Governor. February 6, 2002.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Governor Gray Davis California Proclamations for February 2003". Office of the Governor. February 13, 2003.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Governor Schwarzenegger Proclaims February 6th "Ronald Reagan Day"". Office of the Governor. January 29, 2004.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Governor Schwarzenegger Proclaims February 6th "Ronald Reagan Day" - Proclamation by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger". Office of the Governor. February 4, 2005.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Governor Schwarzenegger Proclaims February 6, 2006 "Ronald Reagan Day"". Office of the Governor. January 20, 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "February 6, 2007, as "Ronald Reagan Day" - Proclamation by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger". Office of the Governor. January 26, 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "February 6, 2008, as "Ronald Reagan Day" - Proclamation by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger". Office of the Governor. January 22, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Proclamation for Ronald Reagan Day". Office of the Governor. February 5, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "February 6, 2010, as "Ronald Reagan Day" - Proclamation by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger". Office of the Governor. February 4, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Senate Bill 944, as introduced, Runner" (PDF). California State Legislature. February 3, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "SB 944 - Vote Information - Senate Education Committee". California State Legislature. March 24, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "SB 944 - Vote Information - Senate Floor". California State Legislature. April 8, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "SB 944 - Vote Information - Assembly Education Committee". California State Legislature. June 16, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "SB 944 - Vote Information - Assembly Floor". California State Legislature. June 28, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation Honoring President Ronald Reagan". Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. July 19, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. "Senate Bill 944, Runner. Chapter 114. Statutes of 2010" (PDF). California State Legislature. July 19, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. "Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Ronald Reagan Centennial Day". Office of Governor Jerry Brown. February 4, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. Brown, Steven E.F. (February 6, 2012). "California makes Feb. 6 'Ronald Reagan Day'".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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