Former senator Bob Dole dies at 98

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(WGHP) — Former Senator Bob Dole died on Sunday at 98, according to a statement released by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

“Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep. At his death, at age 98, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years.,” the statement reads.

From 1969 to 1996, Dole represented Kansas in the United States Senate. He worked as the Republican Leader of the Senate throughout the last 11 years of his tenure.

He was also the Senate Majority Leader for three consecutive years during his time as Republican Leader of the Senate.

From 1961 to 1969, Dole worked in the United States House of Representatives.

He is also known for running as the Republican presidential nominee in the 1996 election and the vice presidential nominee in the 1976 election.

The Dole family released the following statement on Sunday:

“Thank you for the outpouring of love over the last year, it continues to sustain us as we grieve the loss of the precious man we knew as husband and father. Bob Dole was never only ours – we shared him with Americans from every walk of life and every political persuasion. He dedicated his life to serving you, and so it is heartwarming that so many honor him at his passing.  

America has lost one of its heroes; our family has lost its rock. We will smile as we recall his gifted sense of humor. We will take comfort from the extraordinary moments of our lifetimes together. 

Bob Dole never forgot where he came from. He embodied the integrity, humor, compassion and unbounded work ethic of the wide open plains of his youth. He was a powerful voice for pragmatic conservatism, and it was that unique Kansan combination of attributes and values that made him such a giant of the Senate. 

Our grief is softened by our gratitude for having shared in so vibrant a life. May God receive His son home with love and the most important phrase of all time, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.'”

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