The Hon. Senator Robert J. Dole

The Hon. Senator Robert J. Dole

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The Hon. Senator Robert J.  Dole

Senator Robert J. "Bob" Dole, ba '52, jd '52 and honorary doctorates '69 and '85, was born in Russell, Kan. July 22, 1923. He graduated from Russell High School. He received his B.A. from Washburn University and earned his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law, both in 1952. Before graduating, Dole served in the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant and platoon leader with the 10th Mountain Division in the Allied liberation of Northern Italy during World War II. He was elected to four consecutive terms as Russell County Attorney, 1952 to 1960. For a time, he had a solo law practice in Russell, Kan. In 1952, he was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives. Dole ran for office while in law school. 

Dole was elected to the United States Senate in 1968 and was reelected in 1974, 1980, 1986, and 1992. He was elected president of the senate in 1986 and served as senate majority leader. He gained national prominence as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1971 to 1972. In 1975, he married Elizabeth Hanford Dole, who eventually became a senator from North Carolina. President Gerald Ford appointed him to be his vice presidential running mate in 1976. He was a Republican candidate for President of the United States in 1996 and 1988 and won the Republican nomination in 1996. Dole currently works at the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP as special counsel.