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Bob Dole is a former member of the U.S. House (1961-69) and U.S. Senate (1969-96) from Kansas. In 1996, he was the Republican Party's candidate for the presidency.
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Dole still holds the record as the longest-serving Republican leader.
While not in office, Dole has kept his hand in politics in recent years. He endorsed Mitt Romney for president in 2012 presidential campaign. He had a health crisis that November and spent some time in Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dole lobbied his former colleagues from his hospital bed,
trying to get them to vote for the Convention of Persons with Disabilities legislation. After his release, he continued his efforts to win support for the bill, but it didn't garner enough votes to pass.
In 2013, Dole once again step into the political fray. He publicly backed Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's choice for secretary of defense, during his confirmation hearings. In a statement published in the International Business Times, Dole said, "Hagel's wisdom and courage make him uniquely qualified to be secretary of defense and lead the men and women of our armed forces. Chuck Hagel will be an exceptional leader at an important time."
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