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Bennett planning Reagan centennial

Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, has been appointed to the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission to plan events for the late president's 100th birthday on Feb. 6, 2011.

"I have come to admire Ronald Reagan as one of the most pivotal presidents in our history, and I believe his reputation will only grow in the years ahead," Bennett said.

He added, "I am particularly honored by the opportunity to participate in the memorial that will help posterity understand the contributions he made to the country and the world."

Bennett was appointed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. He said, "Sen. Bennett is a strong conservative who has worked to promote President Reagan's ideals and legacy."

A law creating the commission was signed into law in June. The 11-member commission will include the secretary of the Interior, four members appointed by the president, two by the speaker of the House, one by the House minority leader, two by the Senate Majority leader and Bennett as McConnell's one choice.

— Lee Davidson