Dole reached for the White House multiple times - as Gerald Ford's running mate in 1976, in Republican presidential primaries of 1980 and 1988, and finally as the GOP's nominee in 1996.
"You are a patriot, a hero, a leader", the president told Mr. Dole.
Dole, 94, was known as one of his party's best dealmakers, a distinction Trump has given himself, as well. Dole had played basketball and football for the University of Kansas, but his education there was ended by World War II.
Bipartisanship is a concept not often embraced these days, especially by the unconventional president Dole endorsed during the 2016 election. He also received an American Campaign Medal, a European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and a World War II Victory Medal.
Among the dignitaries attending the ceremony will be President Trump, Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins and Sen.
"Without them", Dole said, "nothing would have been accomplished". Trump, meanwhile, was mired in a pitched budget battle that threatened to end in a government shutdown at week's end.
John Pinegar, a Topeka lobbyist and Dole's longtime friend, said the ceremony he attended, along with several other Topekans, represented an "historic day" to honor "a man whose done not only a great deal for Kansas but also for the nation".
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.
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, spoke at a ceremony January 17 that awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to former U.S. Sen. First in the House, then in the Senate. "Thank you for your service". I can not think of anyone more deserving of a Congressional Gold Medal than the Senator.
The Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal Act, was introduced on July 24, 2017.
The 94 year-old Kansas native received Congress' highest civilian honor in a ceremony in the USA capitol, attended by many of his friends and former colleagues, including President Donald Trump. It is the highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. "You have greatly impacted so many in this nation".
Every member of the Kansas delegation is an original cosponsor, including: U.S. Sen.