Washington (CNN) – Former Sen. Bob Dole is recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after knee surgery and a bout with pneumonia, his consulting firm said Monday.
"Thanks to the great doctors and nurses at Walter Reed, I am making great strides, working between sessions and hope to be fully recovered and back at the office in a few weeks," the former senate majority leader said in a statement through Alston & Bird, the Washington firm where he serves as special counsel.
Dole, 86, is a World War II veteran who overcame serious injuries to pursue a lengthy career in politics. He was the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 1996, but lost to Bill Clinton.
He retired from office that year after serving in the Senate for more than 25 years.