Bob Dole
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Bob Dole

Republican

American politician

Russell, Kansas

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Bob Dole

American politician
Summary
Experience
98
Years of Age
45
Years of Experience
KSResidence (state)

Robert Joseph Dole (born July 22, 1923) is a retired American politician, statesman, and attorney who represented Kansas in the U.S House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969 and in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996, serving as the Republican Leader of the United States Senate from 1985 until 1996. He was the Republican presidential nominee in the 1996 presidential election and the party's vice presidential nominee in the 1976 presidential election. Born in Russell, Kansas, Dole established a legal career in Russell after serving with distinction in the United States Army during World War II. After a stint as Russell County Attorney, he won election to the House of Representatives in 1960. In 1968, Dole was elected to the Senate, where he served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1971 to 1973 and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee from 1981 to 1985. He led the Senate Republicans from 1985 to his resignation in 1996, and served as Senate Majority Leader from 1985 to 1987 and from 1995 to 1996. In his role as Republican leader, he helped defeat President Bill Clinton's health care plan. President Gerald Ford chose Dole as his running mate in the 1976 election after Vice President Nelson Rockefeller withdrew from seeking a full term. Ford was defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter in the general election. Dole sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1980 but quickly dropped out of the race. He experienced more success in the 1988 Republican primaries but was defeated by Vice President George H. W. Bush.

Experience

Education

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Washburn Municipal University
Bachelors
1952
Washburn Municipal University
LLB
1952
University of Kansas
Attended
1941 - 1943

Past Positions

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Majority Leader
United States Senate
1996
Senator
United States Senate, Kansas
1969 - 1996
Republican Nominee
Vice President, United States of America
1976
Representative
United States House of Representatives, Kansas
1961 - 1969
Attorney
Russell County
1953 - 1961
Representative
Kansas State House of Representatives
1951 - 1953
Served
United States Army
1943 - 1948
Attorney

Other Experience

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Member
Chamber of Commerce
Member
Masons
Member
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Member
Kiwanis