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Congressman Frank Wolf is serving in his 12th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents the 10th District of Virginia, which stretches from McLean to Winchester. Congressman Wolf is the most senior of the 11 members of the House of Representatives from Virginia.
Congressman Wolf sits on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which oversees the budgets of all federal agencies. He serves on three subcommittees: Commerce-Justice-State, which he chairs, Homeland Security, and Transportation-Treasury-General Government.
Congressman Wolf's committee assignments provide him with an ideal vantage point from which to address the varying needs of the 10th District. The 10th District is extremely diverse. In addition to being the home of some of the world's leading Internet and high-tech companies, thousands of federal employees and other professionals, agriculture and manufacturing are very much apart of the 10th District's economy.
From 1995-2000, Congressman Wolf was the chairman of the transportation Appropriations Subcommittee. House rules prohibited him from serving a fourth term as chairman. Congressman Wolf is one of the House's leading crusaders for human rights. He is the co-chairman of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, a bipartisan organization of nearly 200 House members that identifies and works to alleviate human rights abuses worldwide.
Congressman Wolf's travels have allowed him to see firsthand the destruction caused by terrorist. He has twice visited Lebanon, where in 1983 car bombs were used to destroy a U.S. Marine barracks, killing 241 Marines. He has been to Algeria, where more than 70,000 people have been killed by terrorist, and has traveled to Sudan four times, most recently in January 2001. In January 2002, he traveled to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Jordan, Syria and Israel.
In 1998, he authored the bill creating the National Commission on Terrorism. Chaired by L. Paul Bremer, President Ronald Reagan's counter-terrorism czar, the commission closely examined the problem of terrorism, studying it's origins and its key players.
Congressman Wolf also is one of Congress's leading opponents of gambling, citing its destructive force on society and on children in particular. In 1997, he pushed for the creation of the National Gambling Impact study Commission, which uncovered a myriad of destructive effects caused by gambling. The commission showed that as gambling has spread quickly throughout the country, it has had negative social and economic impacts on communities. Congressman Wolf has worked to support laws in Congress to stem the spread of gambling, such as legislation to stop the proliferation of gambling on the Internet and on high school and college athletics. He also has worked to educate elected officials who potentially see legalized gambling as a quick fix to economic problems.
Congressman Wolf was born in 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his BA degree from Penn State University in 1961 and his law degree from Georgetown University in 1965. He lives in Vienna with his wife, Carolyn. They have five grown children and seven grandchildren.
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