|Name||Frank R. Wolf|
|Address||1449 Hunter View Farms |
Vienna, Virginia , United States
|| January 30, 1939
Apr 05, 2012 12:51pm
Married - U.S. Army - Presbyterian -
|Info||Frank Wolf has represented Virginia's 10th District since 1980. Beginning next January, the 10th District will be comprised of the counties of Loudoun, Clarke, Frederick, Warren, the cites of Manassas, Manassas |
Park and Winchester and parts of the counties Fairfax, Prince William and Fauquier.
Congressman Wolf is the chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-State and the Judiciary. This subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Commerce Department, the State Department and the Justice Department, including the FBI, INS and DEA. The subcommittee also has oversight over a host of other federal agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Communications Commission and the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
From 1995-2000, Congressman Wolf was the chairman of the Transportation Appropriations subcommitee. He remains a senior member of that subcommittee in addition to serving on the Treasury, Postal Service and General Government subcommittee. He also is the co-chairman of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and serves on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission.
During his tenure in Congress, Frank Wolf has worked to improve the efficiency and capacity of Virginia's transportation infrastructure. Wolf has championed projects such as the construction of additional lanes on I-66 from the Capital Beltway to Route 29 at Gainesville, reduction of high-occupancy vehicle requirements (HOV) on I-66 to HOV-2 inside the Capital Beltway and construction of an interchange at I-66 and the Route 234 Manassas bypass. Recognizing the importance of mass transit Wolf has worked toward the completion the 103-mile Metro system, Express Bus Service in the Dulles Airport corridor, additional park-and-ride lots and improvements to the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter rail system.
Focusing on the safety of highway transportation, Wolf has worked with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop a child safety video focusing on the proper use of child safety seats, seatbelts and air-bag restraints.
Wolf was a leader in the effort to transfer control of Washington Dulles and National airports from the federal government to a regional operating authority--a change that has helped to create thousands of new jobs and to make Dulles the fastest growing airport in America. He also worked for the passage of legislation to locate the planned extension of the National Air & Space Museum at Washington Dulles International Airport. The museum annex will bolster the local economy as a tourist attraction by attracting tens-of-thousands of visitors to the area each year as well as preserving historically significant aircraft.
Congressman Wolf has worked with local governments and communities to promote the region's industry by utilizing Virginia's two gateway airports to market scenic and historic attractions to domestic and foreign tourists. Recognizing the need to preserve the Shenandoah Valley's distinct Civil War heritage and expand tourism, Wolf introduced legislation establishing the "Shenandoah National Battlefields Historic District" protecting Civil War battlefields throughout the Valley. The legislation was supported by property owners, local elected officials, historians, preservationists and citizens alike and was signed into law in 1996.
In an effort to protect local jobs and keep a strong economy, Frank Wolf secured provisions for the Virginia Inland Port at Front Royal to retain its U.S. Customs port of entry status permanently, enabling it to continue to attract international commerce. It was also through his efforts that the Winchester Regional Airport retained its Customs official.
In keeping with his commitment to preserve a high-quality federal workforce, Frank Wolf has worked for many family-friendly workplace policies such as child care, job sharing, leave sharing, flexitime, flexiplace and telecommuting. He authored legislation to help establish several federal telecommuting centers located outside Washington, D.C., where employees can conveniently perform their regular office duties and remain in contact with their offices in the nation's capital via computer, fax machine and telephone. The nation's first federal center is located in the city of Winchester. The pilot centers help alleviate traffic congestion, improve office productivity, and allow employees to spend more time with their families.
Citing the alarming increase in illegal drug use by teenagers, Wolf sponsored a summit for parents, educators and the law enforcement community to learn about the problem in Virginia. America's `drug czar' Barry McCaffrey was the featured speaker. In addition, Wolf hosted a district-wide workshop to assist communities in developing local anti-drug coalitions and has worked with individual community efforts.
Recognizing the huge expansion of legalized gambling and local governments' increasing reliance on gambling revenues, Wolf introduced and passed into law legislation establishing the National Gambling Impact Study Commission. The nine-member panel will have two years to conduct an objective evaluation of gambling's effects within communities on crime, corruption, economies, and families. The commission will produce a report on the effects of gambling which individual communities can use when making their own decisions about gambling.
Frank Wolf has worked to improve human rights and basic living conditions for refugees in many parts of the world, including El Salvador, the horn of Africa, Southeast Asia, and eastern Europe. He has visited the People's Republic of China and met with Premier Li Peng to discuss human rights, religious freedom, illegal exportation of prison-made goods, and other issues tied to the granting of most favored nation (MFN) trade status to China. Wolf also visited Beijing Prison No. 1, where at least 40 Tiananmen Square demonstrators have been imprisoned. In addition, Wolf visited political prisoners in the Soviet Union gulag, Perm Camp 35, during its last years of existence.
Wolf also visited a Serb-run prison camp inside Bosnia-Hercegovina to observe human rights conditions during the Bosnian War and led Congressional efforts to withdraw MFN trade status from both Serbia and Croatia. He has also worked to call attention to the human rights abuses and religious persecution in Romania, Sudan, Nagorno-Karabakh, Chechnya, East Timor, Vietnam, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Congressman Wolf has a long-standing reputation for providing excellent constituent services. The National Journal publication, The Almanac of American Politics 1992, said Rep. Wolf "maintains a crackerjack constituency service operation." His district offices in Herndon and Winchester specialize in working with all federal departments and agencies to assist citizens in solving a wide range of individual problems.
Frank Wolf was born in 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he attended public schools. He received his B.A. degree from Penn State University in 1961 and his law degree from Georgetown University in 1965. Prior to his election to Congress, he was employed on a congressional staff, at the Department of the Interior, and as an attorney. He lives in Vienna with his wife Carolyn. They are the parents of five children.