At a Glance
- Career History: attorney; deputy assistant secretary, Department of Interior, 1974-1975; assistant to the Secretary of the Interior, 1971-1974; legislative assistant, Rep. Edward Biester (R-Pa.), 1968-1971; U.S. Army Reserve, 1962-1967
- Birthday: Jan. 30, 1939
- Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
- Alma Mater: Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1961; Georgetown University, LL.B.
- Spouse: Carolyn
- Religion: Presbyterian
- Committees: Appropriations
- DC Office: 241 Cannon House Office Building, 202-225-5136
Path to Power
Wolf was born in 1939 in Philadelphia, where he grew up the son of a police officer.
After attending the University of Mississippi, Wolf graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1961. Wolf received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1965.
Wolf is a moderate Republican who voted with his party 88.3 percent of the time during the 110th Congress.
Among his more high-profile breaks with his party includes backing the fall 2008, $700-billion financial bailout and voting to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which fell victim to President Bush's 2007 veto.
Wolf's co-chairman on the House Human Rights Commission is Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.).
He sits on the Human Rights Commission with an ecletic mix of lawmakers that includes Reps. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.),Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), among others.