During 18 years in the United States Congress, Dick Schulze served as a top ranking member of the
Ways & Means Committee and was his party’s ranking member on the Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee. As a member of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee for 16 years, he was a leader on international trade issues as well as foreign and domestic taxation matters.
Congressman Schulze’s life-long interest in conservation and wildlife issues prompted him to found The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and Foundation, now the largest caucus in the U.S. Congress. President Bush appointed Schulze to serve on the National Fish & Wildlife Board. Schulze also served on the National Migratory Bird Commission and the Board of the International Conservation Caucus Foundation. Among numerous “Legislator of the Year” and other awards by conservation, wildlife and business groups, Dick was given a “Sportsmen’s Heritage” award for lifetime achievement by the Safari Clubs International, and was honored as the Founder of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus & Foundation at their 25th Anniversary celebration.
Congressman Schulze served on the Armed Services, National Resources (Interior), and Banking Committees. He twice chaired the Republican Study Committee, the conservative caucus in the U.S. Congress, and was the Republican Whip for the State of Pennsylvania. President Reagan appointed Congressman Schulze to the Presidential Advisory Committee on Federalism.
Congressman Schulze’s legislation making historic Valley Forge, Pennsylvania a National Park was signed into law at Valley Forge by President Ford on the 200th anniversary of the United States.
Senior Americans are grateful for Congressman Schulze’s success on the bill allowing substantial forgiveness of taxes on the sale of one’s personal residence for those 55 years of age and older.
Congressman Schulze served as a past Chairman of the National Prayer Breakfast, and has been a member of the House of Representatives weekly prayer breakfast for over 35 years. He is a life-long member of the Presbyterian Church.
Dick Schulze’s reputation as a fair minded, common sense legislator who successfully worked with members of both political parties served him well as Senior Legislative Advisor to Valis Associates, 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. (Mr. Valis served President Ronald Reagan as the White House Liaison to the Business Community.)
Before serving in the U.S. Congress, Schulze served in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives and held positions in local government. Prior to entering political life, he owned several businesses in Paoli, Pennsylvania, receiving the “Businessman of the Year Award” and the Distinguished Eagle Scout award. He served in the U.S. Army, and was educated at Villanova University, Temple University, and the University of Houston.
The father of four, Congressman Schulze was widowed after 35 years of marriage to Nancy Lockwood Schulze. He is now married to the former Nancy Senechal Waltermire, widow of Jim Waltermire, Montana’s Secretary of State and Republican frontrunner for Governor at the time of his death in a plane crash. After Congress, the Schulzes spent 9 years in Windermere, Florida active in Republican state & local politics. They now make their home in the WDC area and on the shores of the Albemarle Sound in Hertford, North Carolina. Schulze currently serves on the North Carolina Marine Industrial Park Authority.