(ReliableNews.org) – Bob Dole was often known as the Giant of the Senate for good reason. The former Senate majority leader was well-liked on both sides of the aisle and known for getting things done. Now, at age 98, America has lost its giant.
On December 5, Dole’s family announced he passed away in his sleep. They pointed out he’d “served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years” before his death.
Long before Dole became the Giant of the Senate, he was a war hero. In WWII, Army 2nd Lt. Dole nearly died while leading an assault against the Germans in Italy. Shrapnel from a grenade blast tore through his spine and right arm. It took him years to recover, but he never fully gained full use of his arm.
Former President Donald Trump responded to news of Dole’s death, calling him a patriot and hero.
BREAKING: Donald Trump releases a statement on Bob Dole: “Bob Dole was an American war hero and true patriot for our Nation.” pic.twitter.com/EY8Opko80c
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 5, 2021
After leaving the military, Dole served as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives from 1951 to 1953. He went on to serve as the Russell County Attorney from 1953 to 1961, then entered the national political arena.
From 1961 until 1969, Bob Dole served in the US House of Representatives. He then moved on to the Senate, where he truly made his mark. He served as a senator from 1969 to 1996, filling the role as both the Senate minority and later as majority leader. He’s credited with defeating Clinton’s health care bill.
The sharp-tongued, quick-witted Republican will surely be missed. Fortunately, he lived a long life full of love and victories. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
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