The longtime Republican senator from Kansas, who was his party’s unsuccessful 1996 presidential candidate, was known for his spirit ranging from self-deprecation to aggression.
Mr Dole announced in February that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and would begin treatment.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole passed away early this morning,” the Elizabeth Dole Foundation said in a statement on Twitter.
“He had faithfully served the United States of America for 79 years.
He claimed the presidency three times and was the Republican Party candidate in 1996, but lost to Democratic President Bill Clinton.
Mr Dole was his party’s running mate in 1976 on a ticket led by outgoing President Gerald Ford, but they lost to Democrat Jimmy Carter and his running mate Walter Mondale.
Known to refer to himself in the third person, he lived through the Great Depression of the 1930s and the battlefields of World War II to the halls of power.
He represented Kansas in Congress for 35 years: from 1961 to 1969 in the House of Representatives and from 1969 to 1996 in the Senate.
Senator Bob Dole devoted himself to the American experience and its deepest ideals.
Today we must reflect on serving one another and commit to following the example he has set for America.
Judy and I join the nation in mourning the passing of an extraordinary American life. pic.twitter.com/f07REhcaWC
– Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) December 5, 2021
Mr. Dole helped direct Republican President Ronald Reagan’s legislative agenda as Senate Majority Leader in the 1980s and spearheaded his own important legislation.
It has helped shape fiscal and foreign policy, while accessible government offices, national parks, ramps, and sign language interpreters at official local events are just a few of the more features. visible from his heritage.
His courageous service during World War II, his heroic recovery, his service in the House and the Senate where he was majority leader and his service on two national tickets, notably as a Republican candidate for president in 1996 …
– Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) December 5, 2021
Meghan McCain, daughter of the late John McCain, wrote: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Bob Doles. He was a true statesman who fought honorably for our country and personified all that is the greatest generation.
“Prayer to his family and loved ones. America continues to lose icons, ”added Ms. McCain.
In a statement, former President George Bush said: “Laura and I are saddened by the passing of a great patriot, Senator Bob Dole. This good man represented the finest of American values.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered the Capitol’s flags to be half-masted in her honor, according to her spokesperson.