How many U.S. politicians were at Bob Dole’s funeral?

President Joe Biden, former congressional leaders and friends paid tribute to former Kansas — Sen. Bob Dole on Friday in a funeral service at Washington National Cathedral and a ceremony at the National World War II Memorial.

There are pieces praising Dole’s bravery, his statesmanship, his patriotism. Dole died in his sleep Sunday morning at age 98.

The military veteran leaves behind a legacy within the Republican Party, having served as its national chairman in the 1970s, Senate majority leader in the 1980s and as the GOP presidential nominee in 1996.

Dole’s widow, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, and their daughter Robin Dole, were among the late senator’s family in attendance.

Robin Dole called her father an animal lover and “the most generous person” in her tribute.


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Here’s what we know about the roster of politicians and celebrities who attended Dole’s funeral.

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton, who partnered with Dole to establish a fund to provide educational assistance to the families of 9/11 victims, was the only former president who attended funeral services on Friday. In a statement released Sunday, Clinton recalled Dole “passionate and spirited, sharp and funny.”

Vice President Harris and first gentleman Doug Emhoff

Harris appeared at the funeral Friday with husband, Doug Emhoff. The vice president called Dole a “war hero and a patriot, who devoted his life to service” in a statement posted to Twitter Sunday.

Former vice presidents Mike Pence, Dick Cheney and Dan Quayle

Three former vice presidents – Dick Cheney, Mike Pence and Dan Quayle – attended the funeral Friday.

House members and senators, including Pelosi, McCarthy and McConnell

Members of the Senate and House of Representatives also attended Dole’s funeral, among them were House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; Rep. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine.

Friends of the Dole family: Tom Hanks, Mark Milley and Savannah Guthrie

Friends of Dole also offered tributes, including Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Savannah Guthrie of NBC’s Today and actor Tom Hanks.

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