Bob Dole Receives Congressional Gold Medal as US Mint Releases Bronze Reproductions

Bob Dole Receives Congressional Gold Medal as US Mint Releases Bronze Reproductions

Designed and engraved by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill, the medal's reverse (tails) shows a Kansas wheat field below a quote from Senator Dole: FOR GREATNESS LIES NOT IN WHAT OFFICE YOU HOLD, BUT IN HOW HONEST YOU ARE, IN HOW YOU FACE ADVERSITY, AND IN YOUR WILLINGNESS TO STAND FAST IN HARD PLACES.

"I share with you a lesson learned over 60 years", Elizabeth Dole said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY noted to laughter that Mr. Dole was the person credited with the joke that the most unsafe place in Washington was between Mr. Schumer and a TV camera.

Mr. Dole, who served 35 years in the House and Senate from Kansas and was the Republican nominee for president in 1996, thanked his former colleagues and staffers for the honor.

The Congressional Gold Medal is one of the nation's highest civilian awards and is bestowed by Congress as an expression of gratitude for distinguished achievements and contributions by individuals, groups, or institutions.

"He was greatly honored to receive it", Lacy said.

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Senator Bob Dole also ran for president in 1980, but failed to earn the presidential nomination.

"Son of the soil, citizen, soldier and legislator, Bob Dole understands the American people, their struggles, their triumphs and their dreams", said Clinton at the time.

Pinegar said the Topekans who attended the medal ceremony included Gov. Sam Brownback; Washburn University president Jerry Farley and his wife, Susan; John Dicus, president and CEO of Capitol Federal, Topeka attorney John Frieden and longtime friends Doug and Kathleen Smith. As a proud Kansan, he has never forgotten his home state.

Contact reporter Angela Deines at (785) 295-1143 or @AngelaDeines on Twitter. Some of the award's 300 recipients include George Washington and Mother Teresa, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Dole was born on July 22, 1923, in Russell, Kansas.

For almost a year after shrapnel tore through his right shoulder while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he couldn't feed himself and he had to learn how to walk and dress himself. "Senator Dole has spent his life serving the state of Kansas and our country - helping veterans and combatting child hunger and poverty". I am so proud that the House and Senate were able to come together to give Senator Dole the recognition he deserves.

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