Senator Dole's Current Work:

Dole Current Activities:

In addition to supporting the work of the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, Senator Dole balances his time between his law firm, public policy and political activities, consulting, speaking engagements, writing, and serving his most valued non-profit and charitable causes.  

Washingtonian magazine recently described Dole as “an unreconstructed workaholic who has never been happier.”  The Associated Press said, “He is more well-known, more respected, and more busy now than when he ran for President in 1996.”  Whether in Kansas, Washington, in private meetings, or on television, Dole continues to be a much-sought-after voice on the most important issues of the day. 

His experience, insight, and uncanny wit are in high demand and continue to leave their mark on the American public. 

Senator Dole has served the public in a number of capacities since leaving the U.S. Senate in 1996 to pursue the presidency, including Chairman of the National World War II Memorial, Chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons, Chairman of the Federal City Council, and Co-Chair of the President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors.  He is active in health care, disabilities, hunger and nutrition, and veterans issues. 

In recent years, Senator Dole has received several prestigious awards in recent years, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom (our nation’s highest civilian honor), the Department of Defense's Distinguished Public Service Award, West Point's Thayer Award, and Kansan of the Year, among others.

In 2005, Senator Dole released his best-selling World War II memoir, One Soldier’s Story, a chronicle of his harrowing experience on and off the battlefield and the lessons he learned through his struggle

He is also the author of two best selling books on political humor, Great Political Wit, Laughing (Almost) All the Way to the White House, and Great Presidential Wit, I Wish I Was in the Book and has contributed numerous columns to newspapers across the country.
The following is information about some of the activities in which Senator Dole is currently engaged:

Dole Institute of Politics

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas houses Senator Dole’s many papers and memorabilia from his long, distinguished career of public service.

More than just a library, the Dole Institute is a forum for public discourse -- civil, yet lively, at times humorous, non-partisan and multi-partisan, political discussion. 

It is a research center for scholars.  It is a place where key leaders in public life come to share their perspectives and opinions.  The Dole Institute is a classroom for democracy where thousands of schoolchildren can learn about politics and government watching a multi-screen tour of the legislative process narrated by Senator Dole, and university students are exposed to top political analysis and research.  From lectures, study groups and student events, the Dole Institute is committed to the idea that politics is an honorable profession and, indeed, requires honorable men and women to get involved.   

The Lawrence Journal World writes: “The events the Dole Institute have brought to the KU campus send audiences and participants away with a better understanding and greater appreciation of America’s democratic process.”  “Director Bill Lacy and staff,” it writes, “have done an outstanding job of turning the beautiful Dole Institute building into a center of activity focused on civil engagement and political discussion.”  The Kansas City Star said quite simply, “The place is hopping.”

The Dole Institute is home to the Dole Archives, 4000 boxes of documents and other materials from Senator Dole’s extensive legislative career, his national political campaigns and his post-1996 activities, including his work to build the National World War II Memorial on Washington’s Mall and efforts to promote peace in the Balkans.

For information about the Dole Institute of Politics, information from the Dole Archives, and  information on Dole Institute programs, events and more, please visit the Dole Institute of Politics web site:
           Dole Institute of Politics Web Site
Mail or visit in person at:

                        Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics
                        2350 Petefish Drive 
                        Lawrence, KS 66045
                        Phone:  (785) 864-4900
                        Fax: (785) 864-1414

Law and Public Policy

Senator Dole currently serves as Special Counsel in the Washington, DC office of Alston & Bird LLP, where he focuses his practice on international and domestic legislative, policy and regulatory affairs, as well as on healthcare policy and related matters.  He is relied upon heavily for his strategic advice in dealing with Congress, government entities and the policy process.  He is frequently called upon to testify before Congress on some of the most important issues of the day.  Alston & Bird, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, has offices in Washington, New York, Charlotte and Raleigh.  It has been listed in the top 25 of Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for” for the past eight years.  For more information about Alston & Bird and Senator Dole’s practice, please visit the Alston & Bird web site:

 Senator Dole’s Alston & Bird Biography
In addition to his law practice, Senator Dole is President of Bob Dole Enterprises, Inc. which manages other business activities, including his public speaking, commercial appearances, consulting, and writing. 
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Non-Profit and Charitable Causes

Senator Dole serves in many capacities with a wide range of non-profit foundations and charitable causes.  He is serving as Co-Chair of the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors.  He was Chairman of the World War II Memorial, Chairman of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, Chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons, and President of the Federal City Council.  He serves on the Advisory Board or Board of Trustees of nearly two dozen charitable organizations and supports many of his favorite charities financially and in other ways.  Since leaving the Senate, he has contributed significant time and money to support charitable organizations.

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Public Speaking & Media Appearances


Senator Dole is in constant demand as a public speaker, political commentator and occasional commercial actor.  His perspective on the Congress, Washington, and national politics makes him one of the most sought after speakers and television guests in the country.  Known for his candor and unconventional, dry wit, combined with decades of public service in Washington, Dole’s keen insight is unmatched. 
In addition to his frequent appearances on all the major news programs, late-night television, national radio shows, and cameo television appearances, Senator Dole has appeared in several television commercials, including ads for Target, Dunkin Donuts, Pentax, Pfizer, and two Super Bowl ads, Visa and Pepsi.  

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In addition to writing frequent "Op-Ed" pieces for major newspapers and magazines, Senator Dole has written a best selling World War II memoir, One Soldier’s Story, and two best-selling books on political humor, Great Presidential Wit, Laughing (Almost) All the Way to the White House and Great Political Wit, I Wish I Was in the Book. 

He is co-author, along with his wife Senator Elizabeth Dole, of Unlimited Partners, and co-author of Ending Hunger Now along with former Senator George McGovern and Professor Donald Messer.