Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole (born July 22, 1923) is an American statesman, and he is a former United States Senator from Kansas. He was the Republican leader of the Senate from 1985 to 1996. In 1996, he ran against Bill Clinton for President and lost. After that, he retired from politics at the age of 72.
Dole in 2005.
|United States Senator|
January 3, 1969 – June 11, 1996
|Preceded by||Frank Carlson|
|Succeeded by||Sheila Frahm|
|15th United States Senate Majority Leader|
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1987
|Preceded by||Howard H. Baker, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Robert Byrd|
|18th United States Senate Majority Leader|
January 3, 1995 – June 11, 1996
|Preceded by||George J. Mitchell|
|Succeeded by||Trent Lott|
|15th United States Senate Minority Leader|
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1995
|Preceded by||Robert Byrd|
|Succeeded by||Tom Daschle|
Robert Joseph Dole
July 22, 1923
Russell, Kansas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||(1) Phyllis Holden, divorced|
(2) Elizabeth Dole
|Law School||Washburn University, 1952|
In 1976, Gerald Ford chose him to be his Vice Presidential choice for the November, 1976 election. They lost the election; Bob Dole never became Vice President.
Dole has a habit of talking in the third person, or using his own name instead of "I" when he talks about himself. This habit is the basis for many jokes about Dole.
Early life and educationEdit
Dole graduated from Russell High School in the spring of 1941. He went to the University of Kansas starting in Fall 1941. Dole's college studies were stopped by World War II. He enlisted in the United States Army.
Early political careerEdit
In 1968, Dole defeated Kansas Governor William H. Avery for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate. Dole was re-elected in 1974, 1980, 1986, and 1992. He resigned on June 11, 1996, to focus on his Presidential campaign.
While in the Senate, Dole was the chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1971–73. He was the ranking Republican on the Agriculture Committee from 1975–78. He was the chairman of the Finance Committee from 1981–85.
Senate Republican LeaderEdit
He was also, perhaps more importantly, the Senate Republican Leader 1985 to 1996 (and conseqencially, the Senate Minority Leader from 1987-1995 and the Senate Majority Leader from 1985-1987 and 1995-1996).
1976 Presidential ElectionEdit
In 1976, President Gerald Ford (a Republican from Michigan) decided to make then-Senator Bob Dole his running mate. During the campaign, Dole made the unpopular remark that all wars in America had been caused by Democrats. This may have partially accounted for their narrow loss to the Democratic ticket (for president, Gov. Jimmy Carter of Georgia; for vice president, Sen. Walter Mondale of Minnesota).
1996 Presidential ElectionEdit
In 1996, Dole was finally nominated for president, choosing as his running mate Jack Kemp, a footballer from New York State. He lost to Bill Clinton, and his running mate Al Gore (of Tennessee), who were running for a second term.
Dole married Phyllis Holden in 1948, three months after they met. Their daughter, Robin, was born on October 15, 1954. Dole and Holden divorced January 11, 1972. Holden died on April 22, 2008.
Dole met his second wife, Elizabeth, in 1972. The couple were married on December 6, 1975. They have no children.
Dole was hospitalized in November 2012 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. On September 13, 2017, Dole was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for low blood pressure. He stayed for 24 hours before returning home.
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- "Bob Dole released from hospital: Reunited with his dogs and ready for a cocktail". ABC News. October 6, 2017.
- "Bob Dole Has Advanced Lung Cancer, He Says in a Statement". The New York Times. February 18, 2021. Retrieved February 18, 2021.