- Rudy Boschwitz
Infobox Senator | name=Rudolph Ely Boschwitz
jr/sr=United States Senator
December 30, 1978
January 3, 1991
date of birth= birth date and age|1930|11|7
place of birth=
date of death=
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New York University, 1953
Rudolph Ely "Rudy" Boschwitz is a former Independent-Republican
United States Senatorfrom Minnesota. He served in the Senate from December 1978 to January 1991, in the 96th, 97th, 98th, 99th, 100th, and 101st congresses. He was then defeated by Paul Wellstone.
Boschwitz was born in
Berlin, Germany, November 7, 1930. In 1933, when he was only three years old, his Jewish family fled Nazi Germany. They settled in New Rochelle, New York, where he grew up. A graduate of The Pennington School, he attended Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, graduated from the New York University Stern School of Businessin 1950, and the New York University School of Lawin 1953.
He was admitted to the
New York Statebar in 1954 and the Wisconsinbar in 1959. He served in the United States Army Signal Corps1954–1955. He was the founder and chairman of a plywoodand Home Improvement retailer, Plywood Minnesota, which later became [http://homevalu.com/ Home Valu Interiors] .
Boschwitz was elected as an Independent-Republican to the United States Senate in November 1978 and was subsequently appointed on
December 30, 1978, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Wendell Anderson. Boschwitz is well-known in Minnesota for operating a "Flavored Milk" booth at the Minnesota State Fair.
After his defeat in 1990 by Wellstone, Boschwitz ran against Wellstone again in 1996 but failed to regain his seat.
In 1991 he traveled to
Ethiopiaas the emissary of President George H. W. Bush. The negotiations led by Boschwitz while in Ethopia resulted in Operation Solomon. That is, the Ethiopian Government released 14,325 Jewish people to the Israeli government, and into freedom, by a massive airlift. Operation Solomon took twice as many Beta Israel émigrés to Israel as Operation Mosesand Operation Joshuacombined. Fact|date=February 2007
He was a top "Bush Pioneer" in 2000, fund-raising $388,193, and a "Bush Ranger" in 2004, raising a minimum of $200,000 for
George W. Bush's campaign fund in that election cycle. [ [http://www.tpj.org/docs/pioneers/pioneers_view.jsp?id=219 TPJ.org ] ]
In 2005, President George W. Bush named Boschwitz as the Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. The Commission meets at the U.N. in
He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, is an AIPAC Board Member, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
*1978 Race for U.S. Senate
**Rudy Boschwitz (R), 57%
Wendell Anderson(DFL) (inc.), 40%
*1984 Race for U.S. Senate
**Rudy Boschwitz (R) (inc.), 58%
Joan Anderson Growe(DFL), 41%
*1990 Race for U.S. Senate
Paul Wellstone(DFL), 50%
**Rudy Boschwitz (R) (inc.), 48%
*1996 Race for U.S. Senate
Paul Wellstone(DFL) (inc.), 50%
**Rudy Boschwitz (R), 41%
Dean Barkley(Ref.), 7%
* [http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/00013.html Rudy Boschwitz: An Inventory of His Papers at the Minnesota Historical Society]
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