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Dole in 2005. (Please note: this table displays only Dole´s senatorial career.)
|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|
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.
In 2019, the U.S. Congress passed a bill promoting the 95-year-old Dole from Captain to Colonel. They did this to honor his service during World War II.
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.
Shortly after the 1996 election, he famously appeared in a Pepsi commercial, saying, "I just cannot win."
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 education
Dole was born on July 22, 1923, in Russell, Kansas. He is the son of Binta M. (née Talbott; 1904–1983) and Doran Ray Dole (1901–1975).
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.
Kansas House of Representatives
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.
County Attorney of Russell County, KS
In 1952, he became the County Attorney of Russell County.
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 Leader
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 Election
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 Election
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.
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