Robert J. Dole, the son of the Kansas Mud Bowl, World Battle II hero and Republican presidential nominee, is mendacity in state within the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, returning to the constructing he revered as a congressman and senator for greater than three many years for an honor accorded to solely about 30 individuals earlier than him.

Army members carried the coffin of Mr. Dole, who died Sunday at 98, into the Capitol in a proper arrival ceremony. The proceedings embrace a tribute by President Biden. Mr. Dole will lie in state from midday till 8 p.m., although due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will likely be no public viewing.

His physique will depart the Capitol at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

The honor of lying in state beneath the Capitol’s dome has been bestowed on presidents and generals, senators and admirals. Just one girl, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has lain in state within the Capitol, however her coffin was positioned in Nationwide Statuary Corridor, adjoining to the Rotunda.

The ceremony in all its solemnity was recognized properly to Mr. Dole, who served as Senate majority chief and, in one in all his final public appearances, rose from his wheelchair in December 2018 to pay his respects to former President George H.W. Bush, as he lay in state.

One of many most durable political figures of the final century, Mr. Dole was nominated for vp in 1976 after which for president 20 years later. He spent 4 phrases within the Home, then a quarter-century within the Senate, the place he was his social gathering’s longest-serving chief till Mitch McConnell of Kentucky surpassed that file in June 2018.

He was grievously wounded in Italy throughout World Battle II, and his army file formed his service out and in of presidency. His demise on Sunday marked the passing of the Senate’s Biggest Era; his buddy and fellow senator, Daniel Okay. Inouye, as soon as convalesced with him in the identical army hospital, and lay in state beneath the identical dome 9 years in the past this month.

“All of us who served in Congress concurrently he did take nice satisfaction” in welcoming his physique again to the Capitol, Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California stated on Wednesday. “He was an individual who taught everybody right here about dignity, responsibility, integrity and patriotism.”