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Nancy Kassebaum

Presentation & Program
Saturday, Sept. 17
4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics was pleased to honor longtime U.S. Senator Nancy Kassebaum as the recipient of the 2016 Dole Leadership Prize. Sen. Kassebaum was surprised with the award onstage in a joint program with Senator Bob Dole.

First elected in 1978, Nancy Landon Kassebaum served nearly two decades in the U.S. Senate representing the State of Kansas, eventually becoming the first woman to chair a major Senate committee. She was the only woman in the 100-member Senate upon her arrival in December 1978. Kassebaum was known throughout her tenure for her bipartisan efforts as well as her insight on foreign relations. Throughout her Senate career, Kassebaum received assignments on a number of prominent committees, including serving as chair of the Labor and Human Resources Committee and as a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee. She earned a reputation as a moderate in the Senate, supporting the broad outlines of Republican budget and defense programs while remaining independent on social issues. Kassebaum was a Senate colleague to Sen. Dole for her entire 18-year tenure.

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