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Timothy E. Wirth, a former Representative and a Senator from Colorado, was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 22, 1939. He graduated from Harvard University in 1961, received a graduate degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1964, and received a doctoral degree from Stanford University in 1973. He was part of the United States Army Reserve from 1961 to 1967, a White House fellow from 1967 to 1968, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education from 1969 to 1970.
Wirth was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth Congress in 1974 and reelected to the five succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1975 to January 3, 1987. He was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives in 1986, but was elected to the United States Senate for the term ending January 3, 1993. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1992 and was appointed counselor at the Department of State by President Clinton from 1993 to 1997. He became president of the United Nations Foundation in 1997.