December 05, 2021

Duckworth Statement on the Passing of Former U.S. Senator & Friend Bob Dole


[WASHINGTON, DC] – Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement regarding the passing of former U.S. Senator Bob Dole:

“When I was recovering at Walter Reed, Bob Dole was a patient too. He was 81 years old then, and he had his own private room, but he always did his rehab with the rest of us—cracking jokes and sharing stories about his Army days. I’ll always remember how that proud Veteran from an earlier generation took the time—during some of the most difficult moments of my life—to interact with us younger Soldiers, helping us recover from both our physical and psychological wounds.

He was a Wounded Warrior, Purple Heart recipient, advocate for social security, champion of the ADA and our nation’s servicemembers. He was a true statesman and model of the Greatest Generation who never failed to answer the call to serve. It was my great pleasure to meet him and an honor to be able to call him a friend. My thoughts are with Bob Dole’s loved ones today, but I know there are many across this great nation—myself included—who will miss him dearly too.”