February 12, 2003

Former Senator Bob Dole Joins Alston & Bird

Former United States Senate Majority Leader and presidential candidate Bob Dole will join the law firm of Alston & Bird, Senator Dole and the firm announced today. He joins the firm as Special Counsel.

Dole will be based in Alston & Bird’s Washington, D.C. office. He will focus his practice on international and domestic legislative, policy and regulatory affairs as well as on healthcare policy and related matters, subjects of deep personal interest to Senator Dole.

“Senator Dole personifies strength, courage, integrity, commitment to the public good, perseverance and good humor. We are honored to have him join us, excited to have him as a colleague and proud to be able to provide our clients access to the wisdom and skill that have exemplified his lifetime of personal and public achievement,” said managing partner Ben F. Johnson III.

Senator Dole said, “It is an honor to be joining Alston & Bird – a great law firm with an outstanding reputation. I look forward to the exciting challenges ahead.”

Senator Dole was elected to Congress from his home state of Kansas in 1960 and to the U.S. Senate in 1968, and gained national prominence as Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1971-1972. In 1976, President Gerald Ford tapped him to be his vice presidential running mate.

He was elected Senate Majority Leader in 1984 and set a record as the nation’s longest serving Republican leader. He resigned from the Senate in 1996 to pursue his campaign for President.

In 1997, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, which is awarded by the President to persons deemed to have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interest of the United States, to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

He is National Chairman of the World War II Memorial Campaign and the former Chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons in former Yugoslavia. Following September 11, Senator Dole joined former President Bill Clinton in helping to raise over $100 million as Co-Chair of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which will enable families of victims to attend a college or trade school of their choice. He is also a major spokesman for men’s health issues, including prostate cancer and abdominal aortic aneurysms.

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