Congress has voted to give Kansas political icon Bob Dole its highest civilian honor for his decades of public service.
Dole, a former Senate majority leader and the Republican nominee for president in 1996, spent more than three decades representing Kansas in the U.S. House and Senate. The House approved a bill Tuesday by voice vote to present him a Congressional Gold Medal. The legislation, which was already approved unanimously by the Senate, now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk.
“As a kid growing up in rural Kansas, there were many times I could be found wearing a Styrofoam cap and sandwich board in support of my Senator,” U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, a Topeka Republican, said as she carried the bill in the House.
She lauded Dole, 94, for his military service in World War II and his record of bipartisanship while in office.