Mary Elizabeth Hanford Dole ( born July 29, 1936 in Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina) is an American politician of the Republican Party, which represented the state of North Carolina from 2003 to 2009 in the U.S. Senate. Previously, she was as traffic and Labour Minister of the Federal Cabinet.
Elizabeth Hanford Dole is married to former U.S. Senator for Kansas, Vice Presidential candidate of Gerald Ford in 1976 and presidential candidate in 1996 for the Republican Party, Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole since December 1975. From this marriage no children originate.
Elizabeth Dole studied law at Duke University and political science at Oxford and Harvard University. She was Special Assistant to Virginia Knauer, the counselor for Consumer Affairs in the Nixon administration. In 1983, she was in the Cabinet of President Ronald Reagan U.S. Transportation Secretary and remained so until 30 September 1987. In this role, she led law the so-called " Dole - light ," then the third brake light in the rear window car. Between January 1989 and November 1990, she served as Minister of Labour Member of the Cabinet of President George Bush.
From 1991 to 1999 she was President of the American Red Cross. In 1996 she had a leave of absence for one year from her position to help her husband Bob Dole during his presidential campaign against Bill Clinton, but which turned out unsuccessful. In 1999, she gave up the presidency to explore their opportunities for a candidate to the U.S. presidency for the Republican Party. In October 1999, she gave up this ambition.
In 2002 she was elected for North Carolina in the U.S. Senate. There she sat, among others, in the Committee for the armed forces. When re- election to the Senate on November 4, 2008, she was under the democratic candidate Kay Hagan. Then she had to leave to Congress on January 3, 2009.
- With Bob Dole and Richard Norton Smith: The Doles: Unlimited Partners, Simon & Schuster, 1988, ISBN 0-671-60202-0
- Hearts Touched by Fire: My 500 Most Inspirational Quotations, Carroll & Graf, 2004, ISBN 0-7867-1428- X