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Sen. Robert Dole

Former Senator for Kansas

Dole was a senator from Kansas and was a Republican. He served from 1969 to 1996.

He was previously the representative for Kansas’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1963 to 1968; and the representative for Kansas’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1961 to 1962.

Photo of Sen. Robert Dole [R-KS, 1969-1996]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Dole is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1996 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Dole sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Dole was the primary sponsor of 74 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 74 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Dole sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (29%) Law (15%) International Affairs (12%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Labor and Employment (8%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Dole recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1969 to Jun 1996, Dole missed 664 of 12,130 roll call votes, which is 5.5%. This is worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jun 1996. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: