Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), who holds a Ph.D in British history, issued the following statement on the death of former British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher
"Margaret Thatcher first came to my attention when I was a student living in London in the 1970s. One of my best British friends served as her private parliamentary secretary and several others served as Conservative Members of Parliament during her extraordinary career. My own political career began as she became prime minister and I looked upon her as a role model and trailblazer. Indeed to this day, I keep a picture of her and Ronald Reagan on my desk in my congressional office.
"Baroness Thatcher was the most consequential British Prime Minister after Winston Churchill in the 20th century. She led the Conservative Party out of the wilderness back into the majority and then transformed a failing socialist state into an economic dynamo that enriched and empowered its citizens while projecting power and advancing freedom on the world stage.
"The partnership between Thatcher and Reagan was comparable to that between Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. The latter helped to win the Second World War while Thatcher and Reagan did the same in the Cold War. Thatcher's career holds many lessons for us all. She showed the power of conviction and courage in the political arena, and she reminds us that when leaders lead, great goals can be accomplished in public life.
"Britons admire and are justly proud of Baroness Thatcher's extraordinary life and career. But Americans also appreciate her achievements and know that her leadership in the Cold War helped to assure our own security and freedom. Moreover, her domestic accomplishments were a model for the almost simultaneous Reagan Revolution which brought America a generation of peace and prosperity. Thatcher will be remembered in America as a courageous champion of freedom and a firm friend and partner of the United States."