U.S. House of Representatives
Frank Wolf, the most senior of the 11 members of the House of Representatives from Virginia, is serving in his 15th term in Congress. He represents the 10th District of Virginia, which stretches from McLean to Winchester.
Wolf sits on the powerful Appropriations Committee, where he is the lead Republican on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. In addition, he is the co-chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan organization made up of more than 200 members of Congress who work together to raise awareness about international human rights issues.
Wolf believes members of Congress have an obligation to speak out for those who are persecuted around the world. He led the first congressional delegation to Darfur in western Sudan to bring attention to the crisis there, later officially declared by the U.S. government as genocide.
Following his September 2005 trip to Iraq, Wolf called for the creation of an independent, bipartisan panel to bring what he called “fresh eyes” to U.S. efforts in Iraq. The result was the establishment of the Iraq Study Group headed by James Baker and Lee Hamilton. The 10-member panel spent eight months developing a series of recommendations that were released in December 2006.
Wolf is an original cosponsor of H.RES.267, which recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, expresses appreciation to Iranian Americans for their contributions to society, and wishes Iranian Americans and the people of Iran a prosperous new year.
First Elected: 1980
Prev. Occupation: Attorney
Prev. Political Exp.: no prior elected office
Education: BA Penn State University, 1961; LLB Georgetown University, 1965