Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, now a Special Counsel at Alston & Bird, will receive the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony to be held in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol at 3pm on January 17, 2018.
The award, first presented in 1776 to George Washington, will honor Senator Dole’s many decades of service to the nation as a soldier, legislator, and statesman.
Upon receiving the honor, Senator Dole will join a host of other distinguished Congressional Gold Medal recipients, including Sir Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Mother Teresa, the Wright Brothers, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bipartisan legislation awarding the honor was signed by President Donald Trump on September 15, 2017.
Both the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom remain on par as the highest civilian awards in the United States. Senator Dole received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton in 1997.
“Senator Dole is a true American hero,” said Richard Hays, Alston & Bird chairman and managing partner. “He has been a staunch champion of democratic ideals and values his entire life – as decorated soldier, distinguished political leader, and senior statesman – and one of the most influential figures of his generation. We are honored to call him our colleague and friend, join in tribute to his decades-long service as a force for good in the world, and congratulate him on this historic award.”