Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole (born July 22, 1923) 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 so 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.