He was a longtime U.S. senator and the 1996 Republican presidential nominee. Dole represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996. He was the Republican leader in the U.S. Senate from 1985-1996, including being the Senate Majority Leader form 1985-87 and 1995-96. Prior to his 27 years in the Senate, he served in the House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969. Dole was also the GOP presidential nominee in the 1996 election and the Republican vice presidential nominee in the 1976 election.
Dole was born and raised in Russell, Kansas, where he was a lawyer after serving with distinction in the Army during World War II. After serving as a county attorney, he won election to the House of Representatives in 1960. In 1968, Dole was elected to the Senate, where he served as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1971 to 1973 and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee from 1981-1985.