As a result of a joint resolution passed by the California State Legislature in the closing hours of the 2006 session, the statute of Thomas Starr King will be uprooted from its place in the Congressional National Statuary Hall in the Capitol. The statute of King, placed in the hall in 1931, will be replaced with a statute of Ronald Reagan.

Each state is permitted to display two statutes of individuals who played a significant role in state history in the Hall. The statute of Father Junipero Serra, the founder of nine California missions, will remain and be joined by a statute of Reagan.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger supported the resolution and has issued a letter to the Architect of the Capitol to carry out the switch. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation will provide the funding needed to create the statute and cover the cost of relocating King’s statute to Sacramento.

Source: Associated Press, Whittier Daily News, January 2, 2007