Robert J. Dole was an influential political figure. His story and the crux of his life began in rural Kansas until he reached the peak of his political influence when Bob Dole died at 98. He was a senator in Kansas and a presidential candidate who died at age 98.
In 1976, Dole joined the GOP ticket as a candidate in the vice-presidential position, and he ran twice unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination. Subsequently, in 1996, at age 73, Bob Dole was the Republican presidential nominee. He lost to Democratic President Bill Clinton.
Here are five ways Dole influenced politics
Civil Rights Activities
Bob Dole was in support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequently the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He designed the compromise for a 25-year extension of the Voting Rights Act in 1982. In the following year, he co-wrote the legislation that designated Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a national holiday.
The Disabilities Act
He also played a vital role in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. He launched the Dole Foundation, which helped people with disabilities find employment.
Second World War Memorial
Dole served as a platoon leader in the Second World War, where he sustained multiple injuries. Decades later, he traveled the country to help raise millions for the national World War II memorial that was established in Washington.
Senate Republican Leader
Dole was the Senate Republican leader from 1985 until 1996. In 1991, he persuaded President George W. Bush to seek the approval of Congress to go to war against Iraq.
In 2017, Bob Dole received the Congressional Gold Medal for his years of public service. This is congress’s highest civilian honor. He received his medal in 2018 in the Capitol’s rotunda.
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