Dole, known for a wit that ranged from self-critical to caustic, died in his sleep, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation said. In February, he announced that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and that he would begin treatment.
“It is with great regret that we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning,” the foundation said in a statement on Twitter. “He served America faithfully for 79 years.”
Dole ran for president three times and was nominated by the Republican Party in 1996, but lost to Democrat Bill Clinton.. Dole was a candidate for vice president of his party in 1976 with the president Gerald Ford, but he lost to Democrat Jimmy Carter and his running mate Walter Mondale.
Known for referring to himself in the third person, Dole took a classic American journey from the poverty of the Great Depression in the 1930s, through the battlefields of WWII to the corridors of power with stoic dignity. from the Midwest.
He represented Kansas in Congress for 35 years: from 1961 to 1969 in the House of Representatives and from 1969 to 1996 in the Senate. Dole helped guide the Republican president’s legislative agenda Ronald reagan as Senate Majority Leader in the 1980s and led legislative initiatives of his own.