The Republican Study Committee has issued a press release:
William F. Buckley was a legend within the conservative movement and helped to shape the view of generations of conservatives. His magazine, the National Review, played an instrumental role in defining conservatism and the Reagan Revolution. Personally, I will never forget how reading the National Review as a student at Texas A&M University guided my own journey as a conservative.
“A true Renaissance man, Mr. Buckley was an author, an entrepreneur, a soldier, a CIA operative, a novelist, a sailor, a conductor, and most of all, an idealist. His legacy is carried on by the National Review and by countless numbers of devotees – many of whom serve in Congress today – who believe in the principles of faith, family, free enterprise, and freedom. Each day, we in the Republican Study Committee work to carry the conservative torch that was lit by those like Mr. Buckley.
“Though his passing is a loss for our movement, Mr. Buckley’s words, ideals, and principles will undoubtedly continue to play a major role in the lives of all conservatives. I offer our deepest prayers and condolences to Christopher Buckley and the entire Buckley family.”