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Sofa Landver

(1949 - )

Sofa Landver is an Israeli politician who has served in the Knesset since 1996.

Landver (born October 28, 1949) was born in Leningrad, Russia and immigrated to Israel in 1979. A speech therapist by profession, she holds an M.A. degree.

She has served as Chairperson of the National Association of Russian Immigrants, a member of the Ashdod City Council, a director of the Ashdod Development Company, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Agency.

Landver has been a Member of Knesset since 1996, serving on many Knesset Committees including Immigration and Absorption, Labor and Welfare, Finance, Education and Culture, Constitution, Law and Justice, Internal Affairs and Environment, the Advancement of the Status of Women. She also served as Chairperson of the Israel-Kazhachstan Parliamentary Friendship League and the Committee for Public Petitions.

Landver was Deputy Minister of Transportation from August 2002 to November 2002. She lost her seat in the 2003 elections, but re-entered the Knesset in January 2006 as a replacement for Avraham Shochat. However, she resigned the following month.

Landver was re-elected again in the 2009 elections after winning fifth place on Yisrael Beiteinu party's list. In March 2009, she was appointed Minister of Immigrant Absorption.

Landver is widowed and has one child.

Sources: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs