Early Sunday morning, former Republican Senator Bob Dole died at the age of 98.
In a statement released by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, it was confirmed Mr. Dole passed in his sleep.
“It is with heavy hearts we announce that 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 said.
“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,” the statement went on to say.
It is with heavy hearts we announce that 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. More information coming soon. #RememberingBobDole pic.twitter.com/57NtGfqtmL
— Elizabeth Dole Foundation (@DoleFoundation) December 5, 2021
Bob Dole was a WWII veteran and prominent Republican leader. He served for 11 years in the Senate. And, in 2018, Bob received the Congressional Goal Medal for his contributions as a public figure.
In 1996, Bob ran as the Republican nominee for President, ultimately losing the Presidental bid to Bill Clinton.
Bob Dole was the type of man who at 96, unable to walk and struggling badly with his health, wanted to be held up so he could salute the casket of a fellow WWII veteran and former president pic.twitter.com/udvVDSYg17
— Sunny McSunnyface (@sunnyright) December 5, 2021