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Lester L. Wolff

(1919 - )

Lester Lionel Wolff is a Jewish American politician and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Wolff (born January 4, 1919) was born in New York City. He was a student at New York University and later a lecturer at the same university from 1939 to 1941. From 1945 to 1950, he served as a major, public relations officer and squadron commander in the Civil Air Patrol of the United States Air Force Auxilliary. He was also a colonel commanding Congressional Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary, 1968-1980; chairman of the board of Coordinated Marketing Agency, 1950-1964; member of the board of Noramco (Dugan’s), 1963-1964, and of the Madison Life Insurance Co., 1963-1968; engaged in television as a moderator and producer, 1948-1960; member of the United States Trade Mission to the Philippines in 1962 and to Malaysia and Hong Kong in 1963; chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Subcommittee on Consumers Study by the House of Representatives in 1957;

In November 1964, Wolff was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 3rd district. He was subsequently re-elected to the seven succeeding Congresses and served until January 1981. In Congress he was chairman of the Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. Wolff was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1980.

After his congressional career, Wolff served as chairman of the Pacific Community Institute.

Sources: Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress; Wikipedia