Javits Becomes First Jewish Senator to Serve on Foreign Relations Committee

Sen. Jacob K. Javits, New York Republican, today became the first Jewish Senator ever named to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. A leading advocate of the Israeli cause, Sen. Javits will now be in a position to wield greater influence on U.S. policies and legislation. Mr. Javits has served in the Senate since 1957. He previously was a member of the House of Representatives. While a House member, he served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Another “first” occurred when it was revealed today that three Jews will serve simultaneously on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. This has never occurred before. House officials revealed that Rep. Lester Wolff, New York Democrat, would be named to the committee. He would join Rep. Leonard Farbstein and Rep. Benjamin Rosenthal, both New York Democrats. A newly elected Jewish Congressman, Rep. Abner J. Mikva, Illinois Democrat, will be appointed to the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Emanuel Celler is committee chairman.

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