The Leadership Conference Statement on the Passing of Bob Dole

Contact: Shin Inouye, [email protected], 202.869.0398

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the passing of Senator Bob Dole, who The Leadership Conference honored in 2015 with the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award:

“Bob Dole’s stellar military service, his leadership in Congress, and his advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities reflected an unwavering commitment to equality and justice. His first speech as a senator advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities proved to be a harbinger of a career devoted to ensuring the civil rights of all Americans, from his support for the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to serving as a leading voice on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Bob Dole’s lifetime of public service exemplified the notion that civil and human rights are not a partisan issue. Some of his strongest friendships were across the political aisle. Our current elected officials would do well to honor his memory and work for the common good.” 

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