Robert Joseph Dole, the five-term senator from Kansas whose career took him from the heights of political power in Congress to the lows of three failed presidential bids, died Sunday at the age of 98.
For more than three decades, Dole was a fixture in the United States Senate. As minority leader, he helped orchestrate the sweeping, Republican takeover of Congress in 1994. But Dole is perhaps best remembered for what he was unable to accomplish: winning a seat in the Oval Office.
Through it all, Dole was a champion of disability rights and a tireless advocate for veterans. His unwavering love of his home state of Kansas guided him through more than 40 years in political office.
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