|Name||Elizabeth H. Dole|
|Address||P.O. Box 2109 |
Salisbury, North Carolina 28145, United States
|| July 29, 1936
Feb 22, 2013 09:41pm
Baptist - Christian -
|Info||Elizabeth Hanford "Liddy" Dole |
A native of Salisbury, North Carolina, Mrs. Dole 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.
As President of the American Red Cross, an organization larger than many of the Fortune 500, Mrs. Dole oversaw approximately 32,000 paid and 1.3 million volunteer staff.
Elizabeth Dole took a 14-month unpaid leave of absence from the Red Cross from November 1995 to January 1997 to campaign for her husband, Bob Dole, the Republican nominee for President. In January 1999, she concluded her service at the Red Cross and sought the Republican presidential nomination.
From 1969 to 1973, Mrs. Dole served as Deputy Assistant to President Nixon for Consumer Affairs, beginning a career of dedication to public safety, for which she received the National Safety Council's Distinguished Service Award in 1989.
Mrs. Dole's resume includes six years (1973-1979) as a member of the Federal Trade Commission and two years (1981-1983) as Assistant to President Reagan for Public Liaison.
In February 1983, Mrs. Dole joined President Reagan's Cabinet as Secretary of Transportation ? the first woman to hold that position. During Mrs. Dole's four-and-a-half years at Transportation, the United States enjoyed the safest period then to date in all three major transportation areas ? rail, air, and highway.
Mrs. Dole was sworn in by President Bush as the nation's 20th Secretary of Labor in January 1989. She worked to increase safety and health in the workplace, advocated upgrading the skills of the American workforce, and played a key role in resolving the bitter 11-month Pittston Coal Strike in southwest Virginia.