Senior American politicians gathered at the Capitol on Thursday to pay tribute to the legendary senator, who died at the end of last week.

Senior American politicians gathered on Capitol Hill on Thursday to pay tribute to Senator Bob Dole, who died last Sunday at the age of 98 from lung cancer.

The body of Dole, a Republican senator who has represented the interests of the state of Kansas in the upper house of Congress for decades, will be in the Capitol rotunda until Friday morning. He became the 33rd person to be awarded this honor.

“Robert Joseph Dole’s place is here, in this temple of freedom and opportunities. Bob Dole loved the Capitol,” said President Joe Biden, speaking at a farewell ceremony with the senator.

Despite the fact that Dole often could not find a common language with more conservative Republicans, for more than 30 years he was among the highest officials of the party. In Washington, he was considered a “political pragmatist.”

Dole opposed many points of the “Great Society” program implemented by President Lyndon Johnson but supported the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act a year later.

In the early 1970s, Dole was chairman of the Republican National Committee; in 1976, together with Gerald Ford, he ran for vice president and held senior positions in the Senate. In 1996, he ran for President of the United States from the Republican Party, losing to Democrat Bill Clinton.

Dole’s funeral will take place on Friday at the capital’s National Cathedral. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the ceremony will be closed to the general public, but the funeral will be broadcast live.