Monday, May 2, 2011

Bob Dole

Bob Dole is as much a part of the political landscape of Kansas as the Flint Hills are a part of the Sunflower State’s physical landscape. A constant presence in public life since the early 1950s when he was elected to the Kansas State House of Representatives, he is known the world over as a man of strong character and deep convictions with a wry sense of humor and a cooperative spirit that understands the ins and outs of the political process in passing legislation.

Recently Dole was honored at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C, a place dedicated to those Americans who fought during that global conflict over 60 years ago. The former senator has been a prominent supporter of the Memorial and chief among its fundraisers. A bronze plaque will grace the Memorial honoring Dole near its visitor center.

The links below provide resources on The Man From Russell offering different views into his life, public and personal:

(A short bio from the Congressional Biographical Directory)
DOLE, Robert Joseph, (husband of Elizabeth H. Dole), a Representative and a Senator from Kansas; born in Russell, Kans., July 22, 1923; graduated, Washburn Municipal University, Topeka, Kans., with an undergraduate and law degree in 1952, after attending Kansas University 1941-1943 and University of Arizona 1948-1949; during the Second World War served as a combat infantry officer in Italy; was wounded twice and hospitalized for thirty-nine months; awarded two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star with an Oak Cluster for military service; admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Russell, Kans., 1952; member, State house of representatives 1951-1953; county attorney of Russell County 1953-1961; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-seventh Congress and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1961-January 3, 1969); elected to the United States Senate in 1968, reelected in 1974, 1980, 1986, and 1992, and served from January 3, 1969, to June 11, 1996, when he resigned to campaign for the presidency; majority leader 1985-1987, 1995-1996; minority leader 1987-1995; chairman, Committee on Finance (Ninety-seventh through Ninety-eighth Congresses), Special Committee on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Ninety-ninth Congress); chairman, Republican National Committee 1971-1972; advisor, President’s Delegation to Study the Food Crisis in India 1966; advisor, U.S. Delegation to Study the Arab Refugee Problem 1967; advisor, U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization 1965, 1968, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979; member, U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization 1970 and 1973; member, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe 1977; advisor, GATT Ministerial Trade Conference 1982; member, National Commission on Social Security Reform 1983; member, Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday Commission 1984; unsuccessful Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1976; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988; unsuccessful Republican nominee for President of the United States in 1996; awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on January 17, 1997; chairman, International Commission on Missing Persons in the Former Yugoslavia 1997-2001; national chairman, National World War II Memorial 1997-2004; engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C., 1997-

Bob Dole Official Website

Robert J. Dole, Tributes Delivered in Congress
(1996 publication)

Dole Institute of Politics
(located at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS)

Dole Portrait Unveiling

Electoral History of Bob Dole
(Wikipedia, 1950-1996)

U.S. Presidential Election, 1996,_1996
(Wikipedia. Dole was the presidential nominee of the Republican Party)

U.S. Presidential Election, 1976,_1976
(Wikipedia. Dole was the vice-presidential nominee of the Republican Party)

Bob Dole Quotes

World War II Memorial

Sen. Robert J. Dole Scholarship Program
(Recognizes Kansas high school students who have demonstrated leadership and community involvement)

Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, Wichita, KS

Robert J. Dole US Courthouse, Kansas City, KS

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