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H.Res. 585 (112th): Celebrating the centennial of the birth of First Lady Patricia Nixon.

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 13, 2012 (Introduced).



2d Session

H. RES. 585


March 13, 2012

submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


Celebrating the centennial of the birth of First Lady Patricia Nixon.

Whereas Thelma Catherine “Pat” Ryan Nixon was born on March 16, 1912, in Ely, Nevada, and was raised on a small truck farm in southern California;

Whereas a young person of tremendous courage and determination, Mrs. Nixon worked her way through the University of Southern California from which she was graduated cum laude in 1937;

Whereas throughout the more than 25 years of public life, people in the United States identified with Mrs. Nixon’s rise from poverty to success as an embodiment of the American Dream;

Whereas Patricia Ryan and Richard Nixon were married in 1940 and Mrs. Nixon campaigned with her husband as he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1946 and 1948, to the United States Senate in 1950 and as Vice President in 1952 and 1956;

Whereas Mrs. Nixon traveled extensively throughout the world, including to Asia, South America, and the Soviet Union, earning the title Madame Ambassador, the first such President’s spouse to be designated so;

Whereas with the inauguration of Richard Nixon as the 37th President of the United States in 1969, First Lady Patricia Nixon became our Ambassador of Good Will, visiting South Vietnam, Africa, China, and earthquake ravished Peru;

Whereas First Lady Patricia Nixon encouraged volunteer service in the spirit of people helping people, added 600 paintings and antiques to the White House collections, illuminated the White House at night, and opened the White House gardens to the public; and

Whereas Mrs. Nixon was a devoted daughter, spouse, mother to daughters Tricia Nixon Cox and Julie Nixon Eisenhower, grandparent, and friend: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives—


recognizes First Lady Patricia Nixon’s influential role on the national and international stages;


remembers First Lady Patricia Nixon for her devotion to family, her grace, and her perseverance; and


honors First Lady Patricia Nixon’s memory on the centennial of her birth with the same spirit noted on her grave marker, Even when people can’t speak your language, they can tell if you have love in your heart..