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Date Of BirthJuly 22, 1923
SpouseElizabeth Dole (m. 1975), Phyllis Holden (m. 1948–1972)
MarkOften referred to himself in third person tense during his speeches
FactUnsuccessfully ran for U. S. President three times. He lost the Republican nomination in 1980 and 1988. He won the party's nomination in 1996, but lost the general election to President Bill Clinton.

Robert Joseph “Bob” Dole is an American politician who served as a United States Senator from Kansas from 1969 to 1996, and as the Republican Leader of the Senate from 1985 to 1996. He was the Republican nominee for President in 1996, and the Party’s Vice Presidential nominee in 1976.

Dole was born on July 22, 1923, in Russell, Kansas, the son of Bina M. (née Talbott; 1896–1963) and Doran Ray Dole (1893–1972). His father, who was a veteran of World War I, worked as a wholesale grocer, and his mother operated a small farm. Dole’s father was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1922 and served until 1931, when financial problems forced him to resign.

Dole attended the public schools in Russell and graduated from Russell High School in 1941. He then enrolled at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. Dole left the university in 1943 to enlist in the United States Army. He served as an infantry platoon leader in the European Theater during World War II.

After the war, Dole returned to Kansas and resumed his education at the University of Kansas, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science in 1952. He then attended the Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1953.

Dole began his political career in 1954, when he was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives from Russell County. He served one term before being elected to the United States House of Representatives from Kansas’s 6th congressional district in 1960. He was reelected six times, serving from 1961 to 1969.

In 1968, Dole was elected to the United States Senate from Kansas, defeating incumbent Democrat Frank Carlson. He was reelected in 1974 and 1980, and served as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee from 1981 to 1985 and Senate Majority Leader from 1985 to 1987.

Dole made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980, but he was chosen as the Republican vice presidential nominee in 1976, running on a ticket with President Gerald Ford.

Dole ran for president again in 1988, but he withdrew from the race after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses. He ran for president a third time in 1996, and he won the Republican nomination. He lost the general election to incumbent President Bill Clinton.

Since leaving office, Dole has worked as a lobbyist and consultant for several companies. He has also been active in philanthropy, serving as Chairman of the Dole Foundation.

Dole is married to former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Hanford Dole. They have one child, Robin, who is a lawyer.

Bob Dole has an estimated net worth of $17 million.

General Info

Full NameBob Dole
Date Of BirthJuly 22, 1923
ProfessionPolitician, Actor
EducationWashburn University, University of Arizona, University of Kansas, Washburn University School of Law


SpouseElizabeth Dole (m. 1975), Phyllis Holden (m. 1948–1972)
ChildrenRobin Dole
ParentsDoran Ray Dole, Bina M. Dole
SiblingsNorma Steele, Kenny Dole, Gloria Dole Nelson


AwardsPurple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, World Food Prize

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#Marks / Signs
1Often referred to himself in third person tense during his speeches
2Always holds a pen in his right hand


1I will seek the presidency with nothing to fall back on but the judgment of the people of the United States, and nowhere to go but the White House or home.
2I've thought about it, not a lot, but I thought my relationship with Congress - the Democrats and Republicans - would help me get some things done. Not everything, but at least they'd be willing to try.
3If something happened along the route and you had to leave your children with Bob Dole or Bill Clinton, I think you would probably leave them with Bob Dole.
4Our intent will not be to create gridlock. Oh, except maybe from time to time.
5We're trying to get good pictures. Don't worry very much about what I say.
6You feel a little older in the morning. By noon I feel about 55.
7You know, a better man for a better America. That's sort of our slogan.
8I really thought, with my background growing up, and my service, and all that, I thought it would be enough for the presidency. But... It sure was enough when I ran for Congress.
9I don't know how many people run for vice president and president and lose both.
10I just consider myself a Republican, none of this hyphenated stuff. I was a mainstream conservative Republican, and most people are in that category.
11I'm not a Gingrich fan. He's just difficult to work with. It's either Newt's way or the highway.
12I've never known a lot of rich people. It's not my bag.
13It's going to be hard for someone like me to run for President.
14Think I'll win. Could be big.
15Those who cultivate moral confusion for profit should understand this: we will name their names and shame them as they deserve to be shamed.
16President Obama came to visit me in the hospital. He said, 'I wish you were still in the Senate; I need your help.' I'm not certain I can help on everything. Maybe some things.
17At least she's the president of something, which is more than I can say.
18Elizabeth's back at the red cross, and I'm walking the dog.
19The internet is a great way to get on the net.
20Something is wrong with America. I wonder sometimes what people are thinking about or if they're thinking at all.
21Life is very important to Americans.
22The Brooklyn Dodgers had a no hitter last night.
23Things are going to get better. Be optimistic.


1Underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 1993.
2His daughter Robin was born on October 15, 1954.
3World War II veteran. Was advocate of getting WWII memorial funded and built.
4Was injured in World War II when right arm was nearly blown off. Has little use of arm.
5Unsuccessfully ran for U. S. President three times. He lost the Republican nomination in 1980 and 1988. He won the party's nomination in 1996, but lost the general election to President Bill Clinton.
6Was the Vice Presidential running mate to President Gerald Ford in the 1976 presidential election, which Ford narrowly lost to Jimmy Carter.
7U.S. congressional representative from Kansas (1961-1969).
8U.S. senator from Kansas (1969-1996).




Murphy Brown1993TV SeriesBob Dole

Editorial Department

National Geographic Explorer2006TV Series documentary post-production coordinator - 1 episode


Mr. & Mrs. Bridge1990Shakespearean tutor: Paul Newman - as Senator Bob Dole


Honor Flight2012Documentary thanks
Hubert H Humphrey: The Art of the Possible2010TV Movie documentary special thanks - as Senator Bob Dole


Almost President: The Agony of Defeat2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fox News Sunday2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Harvesting the High Plains2012DocumentaryHimself
Larry King Live2005-2008TV SeriesHimself
Texas Monthly Talks2008TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
The Colbert Report2008TV SeriesHimself
Honor Flight2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - U.S. Senator
Encore with John Palmer2006TV SeriesHimself
The Delegate2006Documentary shortHimself (voice)
The View2005TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show1999-2005TV SeriesHimself
Meet the Press2005TV SeriesHimself
Dennis Miller2004TV SeriesHimself
60 Minutes2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Debater (segment "Clinton & Dole") / Himself - Debater (segment "Dole & Clinton")
Late Show with David Letterman1995-2003TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Lewis Black: Taxed Beyond Belief2002TV Short documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997-2002TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1997-2001TV SeriesHimself
The Campaign Trail to the Road to the White House: Storytellers2000TV SpecialHimself (as Fmr. Sen. Bob Dole)
The Campaign Trail to the Road to the White House2000TV SpecialHimself (as Sen. Bob Dole)
Save Our History2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The American President2000TV Series documentaryHerbert Hoover
The G.I. Bill: The Law That Changed America1997TV MovieHimself
Suddenly Susan1997TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live1996TV SeriesHimself
1996 Presidential Debates1996TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose1994-1995TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Tanner '881988TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Firing Line1987TV SeriesHimself
Today1980TV SeriesHimself
1976 Vice Presidential Debate1976TV MovieHimself

Archive Footage

Free Speech for Sale1999TV Movie documentaryHimself - Senator, (R) Kansas
WW III: World War III1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bulworth1998Himself (uncredited)
Nixon1995Himself - Eulogizing Nixon (uncredited)
Desert Storm: The War Begins1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
How to Win the US Presidency2016DocumentaryHimself
The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (as Sen. Bob Dole)
Race for the White House2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
19712014DocumentaryHimself, senator, Kansas
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Maladies à vendre2010DocumentaryHimself
Hubert H Humphrey: The Art of the Possible2010TV Movie documentaryHimself - U.S. Representative from Kansas
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself
THS Investigates: Hazing2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
10 Questions for the Dalai Lama2006DocumentaryHimself
20 to 12006TV Series documentaryHimself
Hardball with Chris Matthews2004TV SeriesHimself
I Love the '90s2004TV Series documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Former Senator
Tupac: Resurrection2003DocumentaryHimself
Welcome to Death Row2001Video documentaryHimself - U.S. Senator

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