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Bob Dole - Fast Facts

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updated 8:09 PM EDT, Thu July 31, 2014
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) attends day three of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) attends day three of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

(CNN) -- Here is a look at the life of former U.S. Senator Bob Dole.

Personal: Birth date: July 22, 1923

Birth place: Russell, Kansas

Birth name: Robert Joseph Dole

Father: Doran Ray Dole, grain elevator and produce station operator

Mother: Bina (Talbott) Dole

Marriages: Elizabeth (Hanford) Dole (December 7, 1975-present); Phyllis (Holden) Dole (1948-1972, divorced)

Children: with Phyllis Holden: Robin (October 18, 1954)

Education: University of Kansas, 1941-1943; University of Arizona, 1948-1949; Washburn Municipal University, BA and LLB, 1952

Military: U.S. Army, Captain

Religion: Methodist

Other Facts: Awarded the Purple Heart (twice) and Bronze Star with two clusters.

Dole serves as a vocal spokesman for men's health issues including prostate exams and impotence.

Dole served as Chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons and the Chairman of the National World War II Memorial fundraising campaign.

Timeline: 1945 - Seriously wounded during a World War II battle in Italy. He spends the following three years recovering from injuries that leave his right arm permanently disabled and his left arm minimally functional.

1951-1953 - Serves in the Kansas House of Representatives.

1953-1961 - Serves as Russell County Prosecutor.

1961-1969 - Serves in the U.S. House of Representatives (R-Kansas).

1969-1996 - U.S. Senator from Kansas.

1976 - Vice presidential running mate to President Gerald Ford. They lose to Democrats Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale.

1980 - Runs for president but does not receive the Republican Party nomination.

1985-1987 - Serves as Senate Majority Leader and Chairman of Senate Finance Committee.

1988 - Runs for president but does not receive the Republican Party nomination.

1991 - Undergoes surgery for prostate cancer.

1995-1996 - Serves as Senate Majority Leader and Chairman of Senate Finance Committee.

April 10, 1995 - Dole formally announces candidacy for 1996 presidential election. Dole wins the Republican Party nomination to run against incumbent President Bill Clinton.

June 1996 - Resigns from the Senate to concentrate on the presidential campaign.

August 1996 - Dole selects Jack Kemp as running mate.

November 1996 - Loses to Bill Clinton and Al Gore, receiving 159 of 538 of the Electoral College votes and 41% of the popular vote.

January 1997 - President Clinton awards Dole the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

2001 - Undergoes successful abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery.

2003-present - Special Counsel with the Washington office of the law firm Alston & Bird.

2003-present - President of Bob Dole Enterprises Inc., a company formed to handle his "personal business interests" including his lobbyist efforts.

January 11, 2005 - Falls at home. Serious injuries require hospitalization for more than a month. The existent of the injuries and the fact that they were life-threatening is unknown to the public for several months.

March 6, 2007 - Along with former health secretary Donna Shalala, Dole is named by President George W. Bush to co-head a bipartisan commission investigating problems at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The nine-member commission is tasked with delivering suggestions for improving the military's health care system later in the year.

October 2008 - Dole wins the 2008 World Food Prize along with former Sen. George McGovern. They are honored for creating the George McGovern-Robert Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program in 2000, which feeds children in 41 countries.

July 2009 - Dole receives a skin graft on his leg after open sores are discovered during a stay at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Prior to the surgery, Dole had been hospitalized at Walter Reed due to an elevated heart rate.

February-October 2010 - Hospitalized at Walter Reed for treatment of pneumonia while recovering from knee surgery.

January 13, 2011 - Is released from Walter Reed after receiving treatment for a minor infection that led to a fever. This is his second hospital release in less than a week.

April 12, 2011 - Is honored at a plaque dedication ceremony at the World War II Memorial.

March 22, 2012 - Senators Bob Dole and Howard Baker are honored at Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. by the Bipartisan Policy Center for their combined service of 100 years.

November 27, 2012 - It is announced on the Senate floor that Dole is hospitalized at Walter Reed. He is discharged the next day.

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