DOLE, Elizabeth Hanford (1936-)
Senate Years of Service: 2003-2009

DOLE, ELIZABETH HANFORD, (wife of Robert J. Dole), a Senator from North Carolina; born in Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, on July 29, 1936; B.A., Duke University 1958; M.A., Harvard University 1960; J.D., Harvard University 1965; U.S. secretary of transportation 1983-1987; U.S. secretary of labor 1989-1990; president, American Red Cross 1991-2000; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000; elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 2002, and served from January 3, 2003, to January 3, 2009; chair, National Republican Senatorial Committee (2005-2007); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 2008.

University of Kansas
Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics
Lawrence, KS
Papers: Career papers, including senatorial service, Commissioner on Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Secretary of Labor, president of the American Red Cross.

  • Dole, Elizabeth. Hearts Touched with Fire: My 500 Favorite Inspirational Quotations. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2004.
  • "Elizabeth Dole," in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2006.
  • Dole, Elizabeth and Bob Dole. Unlimited Partners: Our American Story. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.
  • U.S. Congress. Tributes Delivered in Congress: Elizabeth Dole, United States Senator, 2003-2009. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2010.