NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Happy birthday to New Rochelle’s Rudolph Ely "Rudy" Boschwitz.
Boschwitz, who was raised in New Rochelle, turns 84 on Friday.
Boschwitz, a former Independent-Republican U.S. senator from Minnesota, was born Nov. 7, 1930 in Berlin, Germany. He served in the Senate from December 1978 to January 1991, in the 96th, 97th, 98th, 99th, 100th, and 101st congresses. He was admitted to the New York state bar in 1954 and the Wisconsin bar in 1959. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1954-55. In 1991. he traveled to Ethiopia as the emissary of President George H.W. Bush. The negotiations led by Boschwitz while in Ethiopia resulted in Operation Solomon, whereby the Ethiopian government released 14,325 Jewish people to Israel by a massive airlift.
In 2005, President George W. Bush named Boschwitz as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, which met at the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, is an American Israel Public Affairs Committee board member and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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