Lester L. Wolff

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Lester L. Wolf
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1973
Preceded by Steven B. Derounian
Succeeded by Angelo D. Roncallo
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Seymour Halpern
Succeeded by John LeBoutillier
Personal details
Born (1919-01-04) January 4, 1919 (age 95)
New York City
Political party Democratic
Profession Marketing consultant
Religion Judaism

Lester Lionel Wolff (born January 4, 1919) is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.

Wolff was born in New York City and lectured at New York University from 1939 until 1941 after studying there. He served in the Civil Air Patrol from 1945 until 1950 and from 1968 until 1980. He was elected to Congress in 1964 and served from January 3, 1965 until January 3, 1981. Through redistricting he initially represented the 3rd District and later the 6th District.

He lost his bid for re-election to John LeBoutillier who was helped by Reagan's coattails in the 1980 House election. LeBoutillier was later defeated in a bid for re-election and served only one term.

Significant Achievements[edit]

Wolff introduced amendments to the White-House sponsored Foreign Assistance Act of 1969 to restore the initiative for direct peace talks between Israel and the Arab States.

During Wolff's 1978 congressional delegation to China, he met with Deng Xiaoping, the Father of Modern China. The Deng-Wolff Conversation conducted during this time was credited for its particular importance in the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States.

Wolff served as Chairman of the Asian and Pacific Affairs Committee of the United States Congress. He is credited as the author for the Taiwan Relations Act signed into law on April 10, 1979. The Taiwan Relations Act (TRA, Public Law 96-8) was born of the need of the United States to find a way to protect its significant security and commercial interests in the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan in the wake of President Jimmy Carter's termination of diplomatic relations and a mutual defense treaty of 25 years.

Due to his expertise in Asian culture and relations, Wolff is a well sought-after consultant in Asian affairs.

Wolff is currently a resident of Muttontown, New York.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Steven Derounian
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Angelo D. Roncallo
Preceded by
Seymour Halpern
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
John LeBoutillier