The Honorable Curt Weldon
Member of Congress 1987-2007
CEO – Jenkins Hill International
Chairman – Kronos Fund
Vice Chairman – Dynamic Defense Materials Corporation
Chief Strategic Officer – Defense Solutions
Strategic Officer – New Star Technologies
Congressman Curt Weldon
represented the Seventh Congressional District of Pennsylvania from 1987
till 2007. A Member of the House of Representatives, Weldon has taken
leadership roles on a wide variety of issues, ranging from national
security to the environment.
senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, Weldon served six
years as the Chairman of the Military Research and Development
Subcommittee, overseeing the development and testing of key military
systems, weapons programs, and technologies that fulfill military needs.
Weldon has used that position to become the leading House supporter of a
national missile defense to protect America's families and communities.
Weldon served as the Vice Chairman of the full Committee as well as
Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee. His role
ensured that our service men and women are adequately prepared for duty
in the high-tech world of the 21st century.
Weldon, a major in Russian Studies, has made improving relations with
Russia one of his major efforts in the House. He has worked with Russian
leaders on a variety of issues, including efforts to improve Russia's
energy supply, correct environmental damage, and protect both nations
from ballistic missile attack. Weldon was the co-founder of the Duma-Congress
Study Group, the official parliamentary exchange between the two
legislative bodies. This bilateral relationship coordinates legislative
efforts in the Russian Duma and the Congress to foster a better working
relationship between the two nations. Recently, Congressman Weldon
created a comprehensive framework designed to improve the state of
relations between the two countries. Titled “A New Time, A New
Beginning,” his proposal made recommendations for cooperative efforts in
eleven different areas ranging from defense and national security to
space exploration and scientific research.
Congressman Weldon was also a
member or a co-chair of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, Armenian
Caucus, Azerbaijan Caucus, Baltic Caucus, Korea Caucus, Hellenic Caucus,
Serbia Caucus, Romania Caucus, United Kingdom Caucus, and Pakistan
Caucus, amongst others.
a member of the Science Committee, Weldon was one of the most outspoken
advocates for the environment and protection of our oceans. Weldon's
"Oceans Agenda" legislation passed the Congress in 1995, increasing
funding for oceanographic research projects. Weldon was a champion of
environmental concerns as the only House Republican on the Migratory
Bird Conservation Commission which approves funding for our wildlife
refuges and wetlands preservation. Congressman Weldon was a member of
Global Legislators for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) where he serves as
Honorary Chairman of the Oceans Protection Task Force. Weldon also
served as the honorary United States Vice President on the Advisory
Committee on the Protection of the Sea (ACOPS).
Born and raised in a blue-collar family, Weldon understood the issues
that affected America's working men and women. In Congress, Weldon has
been a tireless advocate of issues important to working class families.
He co-authored the Family Medical Leave Act, pushed for the extension of
unemployment benefits, has consistently supported raising the minimum
wage, opposed the North American Free Trade Agreement and voted for
historic across-the-board tax cuts.
Weldon was born in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania on July 22, 1947, and is
the youngest of nine children. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree
from West Chester University in 1969. Prior to becoming a Member of
Congress, Weldon worked as an educator at local schools in Delaware
County and volunteered as a firefighter in Marcus Hook. As mayor of the
Marcus Hook Borough, in which he was nominated twice on both Republican
and Democratic ballots, Weldon led the fight to revive the small town
that was home to the violent and destructive Pagan motorcycle gang.
Utilizing his teaching and public safety skills, Weldon moved on to
serve as the Director of Training and Manpower Development for a large
Prior to the terrorist attacks on America, Congressman Weldon was an
outspoken advocate of bolstering defenses, assisting first responders,
and improving intelligence gathering capabilities. As Vice Chairman of
the Homeland Security Committee and founder of the Homeland Security
Caucus, Congressman Weldon is a frequent keynote speaker at various
defense and national security conferences across the country. He is a
regular guest on national news and television programs, is the author of
letters and opinion papers for various news sources, and teaches
advanced courses at local colleges and universities.
Weldon resides with his wife Mary Gallagher Weldon in Thornbury