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 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.
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.
Dole ran for office for the first time in 1950. He was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives. He served a two-year term. In 1952, he became the County Attorney of Russell County. In 1960, Dole was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Kansas' 6th Congressional District.
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.
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