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After serving in the United States Army in World War II, Robert "Bob" Dole began his political career when he was elected to the Kansas state House of Representatives in 1950. Dole later represented Kansas in the United States House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969, and in the United States Senate from 1969 to 1996. Dole was the running mate on incumbent President Gerald Ford's unsuccessful presidential campaign in 1976, and after losing the nomination in 1980 and 1988, Dole became the Republican Party's candidate in the 1996 presidential election. During his campaign, Dole attempted to straddle the divide on gun control issues, between Americans who supported the Brady Law (which required background checks on gun sales and a waiting period) and those who wanted the ban on assault weapons repealed and instant check system. Dole was defeated in the 1996 election by incumbent Bill Clinton.
Dole is the only person in the history of the two major U.S. political parties to have been a party's nominee for both President and Vice President, but who was never elected to either office