Elizabeth Dole

Born:July 29, 1936 (age 83)
Career:U.S. senator, 2003-2009
President, American Red Cross, 1990-1999
U.S. secretary of labor, 1989-1990
U.S. secretary of transportation, 1983-1987
Education:Duke University
University of Oxford
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Harvard Law School

Elizabeth Dole has had a remarkable public service career, serving five United States presidents and the people of North Carolina in the United States Senate. She was the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of transportation and the first woman to serve as the departmental head of a branch of the military, the U.S. Coast Guard, when she was secretary of transportation. She was also the first woman to chair the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Dole was born in Salisbury, North Carolina, on July 29, 1936. She graduated with distinction from Duke University in 1958 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a degree from Harvard Law School in 1965 and also holds a master's degree in education and government from Harvard.

From 1969 to 1973, Dole served as deputy assistant to President Nixon for consumer affairs. She spent six years (1973 to 1979) as a member of the Federal Trade Commission and two years (1981 to 1983) as assistant to President Reagan for public liaison. From 1983 to 1987, Dole served in President Reagan's cabinet as secretary of transportation, the first woman to hold that position. Dole served in President Bush's cabinet as secretary of labor from 1989 to 1990, leaving to serve as president of the American Red Cross, only the second woman since founder Clara Barton to hold that position. In January 1999, Dole resigned from the Red Cross to seek the Republican presidential nomination.

Dole was elected as a U.S. Senator from North Carolina in 2002. Her election was the first time a spouse of a former senator was elected to the Senate from a different state from that of her spouse. In 2004, Dole became chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the first woman to chair that organization.

For more information on Dole's policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation during her time in the U.S. Senate, please visit her profile on https://www.congress.gov.


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