From: The Honorable Jody B. Hice
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Bill: H.R. 553
Date: 4/6/2017

Honor Nancy Reagan’s Legacy
Cosponsor H.R. 553 to Rename Gravelly Point Park After Former First Lady Nancy Reagan
Supported by: Americans for Tax Reform

Current Cosponsors (43): Rick Allen, Brian Babin, Diane Black, Dave Brat, Buddy Carter, Tom Cole, Doug Collins,
Barbara Comstock, Drew Ferguson, Mike Gallagher, Thomas Garrett, Louie Gohmert, Jenniffer Gonzalez Colon, Bob Goodlatte, Paul Gosar, Tom Graves, Morgan Griffith, Jeb Hensarling, Richard Hudson, Darrell Issa, Mike Kelly, Darin LaHood, Doug Lamborn, Barry Loudermilk,
Tom McClintock, Mark Meadows, Luke Messer, Robert Pittenger, Bruce Poliquin, John Ratcliffe, Jim Renacci, Phil Roe, Todd Rokita, Peter Roskam, Keith Rothfus, Austin Scott, Michael Turner, Mark Walker, Jackie Walorski, Bruce Westerman, Joe Wilson, Robert Wittman,
Lee Zeldin

Dear Colleague:

On March 6, 2016, our great country lost an icon with the passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan. During her tenure as First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Reagan served
with grace, elegance, and tenacity, and this is all evidenced by the “Just Say No” campaign that she spearheaded to help children across the country resist recreational drug use.

During the Reagan Administration, Mrs. Reagan was a trusted adviser, confidant, and most importantly, devoted spouse to our 40th President, Ronald Reagan. Since her passing,
I believe that it is critically important to preserve Mrs. Reagan’s legacy so that future generations can appreciate the contributions that she made to our country.

That is why I introduced H.R. 553 to rename Gravelly Point Park along the George Washington Parkway after Nancy Reagan. As you know, Gravelly Point Park is a popular destination
in Arlington County, Virginia that is utilized for a number of outdoor activities like biking, running, picnicking, and watching planes depart and land at Ronald Reagan National Airport.

According to the National Park Service, Gravelly Point Park received its name from the large amount of gravel that was deposited there during a dredging project that occurred
along the Potomac River from 1916 to 1952. With its name coming from sediment deposits, there is no clear historic significance associated with it.

Since Ronald and Nancy Reagan are forever linked in their work, legacy, and final resting place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, I think there could
be no better location to rename after Mrs. Reagan than this beautiful park adjacent to the airport named in honor of her beloved husband and our 40th President.

Should you have any questions or would like to be a cosponsor of H.R. 553, please contact Nicholas Brown on my staff at 5-4101 or via email at

Jody Hice
Member of Congress