The Hon. Robert Dole
The Honorable Robert J. “Bob” Dole is an attorney and retired United States Senator from Kansas. Before his entry into politics, Senator Dole served in the Army during World War II, earning two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars with an oak leaf cluster. His political career began with his election to the House of Representatives from the Kansas 6th District in 1960. He was elected as United States Senator from Kansas in 1969, and held the seat until 1996, serving part of that time as United States Senate Majority Leader, where he set a record as the longest-serving Republican leader. During his career, he supported major civil rights legislation while maintaining a reputation as a fiscal conservative. In 1976, he was the Republican nominee for vice president on a ticket headed by President Gerald Ford. In 1996, he was the Republic nominee for president. After leaving politics, he served as National Chairman of the World War II Memorial Campaign, which raised funds for the building of the National World War II Memorial, and established the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas. Senator Dole earned both a B.A. and a law degree from Washburn University. Dole serves on the National Advisory Council of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.