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Rudy Boschwitz

Rudy Boschwitz
United States Senator
from Minnesota
In office
December 30, 1978 – January 3, 1991
Preceded by Wendell Anderson
Succeeded by Paul Wellstone
Personal details
Born Rudolph Ely Boschwitz
(1930-11-07) November 7, 1930
Berlin, Germany
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ellen Boschwitz
Alma mater New York University
Religion Judaism
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1954-1955
Unit Signal Corps

Rudolph Ely "Rudy" Boschwitz (born November 7, 1930) is a former Independent-Republican United States Senator from 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.


  • Life and career 1
  • Electoral history 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Life and career

He was born in Berlin, Germany, November 7, 1930, the son of Lucy (née Dawidowicz) and Eli Boschwitz.[1] In 1933, when he was three years old, his Jewish family fled from Nazi Germany to the United States, settling 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 Business in 1950, and the New York University School of Law in 1953.

He was admitted to the New York State bar in 1954 and the Wisconsin bar in 1959. He served in the United States Army Signal Corps 1954–1955. He was the founder and chairman of a plywood and Home Improvement retailer, Plywood Minnesota, which later became Home Valu Interiors.[2]

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 was 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 Operation Solomon. That is, the Ethiopian Government released 14,325 Jewish people to Israel by a massive airlift. Operation Solomon took twice as many Beta Israel émigrés to Israel as Operation Moses and Operation Joshua combined.

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

United States Senate
Preceded by
Wendell Anderson
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Minnesota
Served alongside: David Durenberger
Succeeded by
Paul Wellstone
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Heinz
Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee
Succeeded by
Don Nickles
  • Rudy Boschwitz: An Inventory of His Papers at the Minnesota Historical Society
  • Appearances on C-SPAN

External links

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  2. ^ [1] Archived November 10, 2006 at the Wayback Machine
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See also

Electoral history

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.

He also supported John McCain in the 2008 Presidential election. He appeared at a McCain Straight Talk Town Hall Meeting in Lakeville, MN on October 10, 2008.

In 2005, President George W. Bush named Boschwitz as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, which met at the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland.


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