- Associated Press - Thursday, June 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, has earned an honorary degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Dean John Broderick and New Hampshire’s two U.S. senators, Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, presented the degree to Dole on Thursday in Washington to recognize his work as an advocate for veterans and disability rights.

Dole has worked with UNH Law to establish the Robert J. Dole Veteran Fellowship at the law school’s Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy to fund the legal education of veterans committed to public service.

Dole and Rudman were colleagues in the U.S. Senate for more than a decade and both were veterans.

“They shared a bond as veterans and a commitment to public service, and we are honored by Senator Dole’s support of and belief in what we are trying to do for young people,” Broderick said in a prepared statement.

Dole was elected to Congress from his home state of Kansas in 1960 and to the U.S. Senate in 1968. He served as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee from 1981-85. Elected Senate majority leader in 1984, Dole holds the record as the nation’s longest serving Republican leader.

“I am honored to receive this honorary degree and to play a role in advancing Warren’s work to train the next generation of public policy leaders,” said Dole.

Dole was the Republican nominee in 1996, losing to Bill Clinton, and was the vice-presidential nominee on Gerald Ford’s Republican ticket in 1976. Dole currently serves as special counsel at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Alston & Bird.



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