Gary Franks

Gary Franks

Gary Franks served three terms as U.S. representative for Connecticut’s 5th District. He was the first Black Republican elected to the House in nearly 60 years and New England’s first Black member of the House. Host: podcast “We Speak Frankly.” Author: “With God, For God, and For Country.” @GaryFranks

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December 8, 2021
by Gary Franks
Bob Dole – the Gentleman From Kansas

My children often look at me as having lived the Forrest Gump type life with regard to people I have... Read More

My children often look at me as having lived the Forrest Gump type life with regard to people I have met, worked with, or befriended. Bob Dole is one of those great men. Senator Robert “Bob” Dole holds a meaningful though enigmatic place in my political... Read More

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Bob Good Hopes Final Vote Count Will Put Him Ahead of Trump-Endorsed Challenger

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