Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, issued his farewell statement to President Reagan Thursday, following the president's farewell speech on Wednesday.

"President Reagan's farewell address to the nation once again demonstrated him to be one of the most effective and inspiring leaders our nation has ever had."As a member of the U.S. Senate during his presidency, I have had the privilege to serve with him and observe firsthand the dramatic positive changes he has stimulated for our country.

"He has given us inspired leadership, increased prosperity and a stronger sense of national pride. He has given us a great legacy, which will carry over into the Bush era as we continue to further goals of reduced and responsible spending, less government and a strong national defense.

"I wish President and Mrs. Reagan all the best," he said.