The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a measure to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Kansas’ Bob Dole.
The bill aims to honor Dole “for his service to the nation as a soldier, legislator and statesman.”
The Congressional Gold Medal requires that nominative measures be sponsored by two-thirds of each chamber. All 100 U.S. Senators cosponsored the bill nominating Dole, according to Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, who introduced the legislation.
“From his days in Russell, Kansas, his service in World War II, and his lifetime dedication to public service, Bob Dole embodies the American spirit,” Roberts said in a news release.
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Dole played basketball at the University of Kansas before being deployed to the European theater in World War II. He received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with an oak cluster for his wartime service. Dole served in Congress from 1961 to 1996.
“I am highly honored that the Senate unanimously passed legislation earlier today to award me the Congressional Gold Medal,” Dole said through a spokeswoman. “I am particularly grateful to my good friends, Senator Pat Roberts and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, for their extraordinary efforts in advancing this very meaningful legislation.”
George Washington, Walt Disney and Harry S. Truman have previously received the award.
The measure will have to pass the House as well before Dole can receive the medal.