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Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the United States, serving two terms from 1981-1989. After gaining fame as an actor—he appeared in 53 films—Reagan, a conservative, left Hollywood and began a career in politics in the 1960s. He was elected Governor of California in 1966; campaigned for the Republican Party's presidential candidate in the 1976 election; and won the 1980 presidential election. President Reagan and his running-mate, George H. W. Bush, beat sitting president Jimmy Carter in a landslide victory. Running as the incumbents in 1984, Reagan and Bush won 49 out of 50 states against former Vice President Walter Mondale. Reagan is remembered for his fiscal policies, also known as “Reaganomics,” and is often referenced as a hero-figure by the Republican Party.