The Center for Security Policy –Â a non-profit national security organization –Â will recognize Rep.Â Frank WolfÂ (R-Va.) on Sept. 18Â at the center’s annualÂ â€œKeeper of the Flame Award Dinnerâ€œ.
The CSP first gave out the awardÂ in 1990 and is meant to â€œbestow recognition on those individuals who devote their public careers to the propagation of democracy and the respect for individual rights throughout the world,â€ among other distinctions, the center says on its website.
Wolf, who represents Virginia’s 10th congressional district, was elected to office in the 1980 election and will retire from Congress in January 2015 after 17 terms in office.
The state’s longest-serving representative, Wolf serves as co-chair of Congress’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on commerce, justice, science and related agencies.
He started in politics in 1968 as a legislative assistant to then-Rep. Edward Biester (R-Penn.) and served as an assistant to then-Interior Secretary Rogers Morton between 1971 and 1975.
Prior to his political career, he served as a reservist in the U.S. Army and a lawyer for the military.