Former Kansas Senator and national Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole has been nominated for the Congressional Gold Medal.
As The Wichita Eagle reports, Sen. Pat Roberts and Rep. Lynn Jenkins jointly introduced resolutions to honor Dole on Monday, two days after his 94th birthday.
The resolution says, “Throughout his life-long service to our country, Bob Dole has embodied the American spirit of leadership and determination, and serves as one of the most prolific role models both in and outside of politics.”
The resolution also lists Dole’s many accomplishments during his 27 years in the Senate and 10 years in the House.
Roberts called Dole a “friend, mentor and brother” and Jenkins called Dole “the ultimate embodiment of a true Kansan.”
Dole was severely injured in World War II while trying to rescue a fellow soldier and as a result, permanently lost most of the use of his right arm.
Two-thirds of the House and Senate must agree to co-sponsor the resolution to award the medal.