Congressional leaders to award Bob Dole top civilian honor

Former Senator Bob Dole is seen at the evening session on day one at the Republican National...
Former Senator Bob Dole is seen at the evening session on day one at the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH, USA, on July 18, 2016. Donald Trump will formally accept the Republican Party's nomination for President on Thursday night July 21st. Photo by Dennis Van Tine/Sipa USA(WIBW)
Published: Dec. 21, 2017 at 5:25 PM CST
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House and Senate leaders will present former Republican Sen. Bob Dole with the nation's highest civilian honor to recognize his decades of service as a soldier, lawmaker and statesman.

“I am so proud we can finally honor Senator Dole with this much-deserved award,” said Sen. Pat Roberts. "He is a true American hero who has dedicated his life to serving our nation and great state of Kansas."

House Speaker Paul Ryan's office says Dole will receive the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony scheduled for Jan. 17.

Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will take part in the event at the U.S. Capitol.

“From my days as a kid wearing a sandwich board in support of his campaigns for the Senate, to the counsel he provided throughout my time in public service, Bob Dole has meant a lot to me and to all Kansans who know him," Rep. Lynn Jenkins recalled.

Dole represented Kansas for 35 years, first in the House and then in the Senate. He was the GOP presidential nominee in 1996 and lost the election to Bill Clinton.

Now 94, Dole suffered severe injuries during World War II and was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

"Throughout Senator Dole’s life, he has consistently exemplified humility, hard work, and leadership, and I could not be more proud to recognize him for this service,” Jenkins added.