BOSCHWITZ, Rudolph Eli (Rudy) (1930-)
Senate Years of Service: 1978-1991

BOSCHWITZ, RUDOLPH ELI (RUDY), a Senator from Minnesota; born in Berlin, Germany, November 7, 1930; attended the public schools in New Rochelle, N.Y., and The Pennington School in Pennington, N.J.; attended Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., 1947-1949; graduated, New York University School of Commerce, New York City, 1950, and New York University Law School 1953; admitted to the New York bar in 1954 and the Wisconsin bar in 1959, and commenced practice in New York City in 1956; served in the United States Army Signal Corps 1954-1955; founder, in October 1963, and chairman of Plywood Minnesota, Inc. (renamed Home Valu Interiors, Inc., 1994) 1963-; Republican National Committeeman from Minnesota 1971-1978; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in November 1978 for the term commencing January 3, 1979; subsequently appointed on December 30, 1978, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Wendell B. Anderson for the term ending January 3, 1979; reelected in 1984 for the term ending January 3, 1991; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1990 and in 1996; chairman, National Republican Senatorial Committee (One Hundredth Congress); continued civic activities and membership on various advisory boards, including state chair of the American Cancer Society Crusade, Upper Midwest Kidney Foundation, campaign chairman for Minneapolis Federation for Jewish Service; received Citizen's Medal in 1991 for efforts in Ethiopia as President George H.W. Bush's emissary; finance chair in Minnesota for President George W. Bush 2000, 2004; is a resident of Minneapolis, Minn.

Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: 1953-1993 (bulk 1978-1990). 129 cubic feet. Includes correspondence with constituents, legislative assistants' files, issue mail, case files, newsletters, newspaper clippings, newsletters, photographs, press releases, audio tapes, videocassettes, microfilm, and computer tapes. Documents agricultural issues, legislation and policy in the 1980s; foreign relations, small business and veterans' matters; Jewish issues and Boschwitz' efforts to aid refuseniks; election campaigns, Republican politicians and Republican party politics. Access requires written permission. Quotation or publication beyond the fair use provisions of the copyright law requires written permission. Finding aid available online. Letters in a few other collections.

Moorhead State University
Northwest Minnesota Historical Center
Moorhead, MN
Papers: 2 letters in Douglas Sillers papers, 1957-1980.

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