At a Glance
• Member, McLarty Associates Board of Counselors
• Served for 22 years as Congressman for Arizona’s 8th congressional district
• While in Congress, served for 20 years in the House Appropriations Committee
• Chairman of the Treasury, Post Office, and of the the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Agencies Subcommittee
Jim Kolbe is a member of McLarty Associates’ Board of Counselors. He joined McLarty Associates in 2007, following his 22-year service in the House of Representatives.
Mr. Kolbe served in the United States House of Representatives, elected for eleven consecutive terms, from 1985 to 2007. He represented the eighth (previously designated the fifth) congressional district, comprising the southeastern part of Arizona with Tucson as the main population area.
While in Congress, Mr. Kolbe served for 20 years on the Appropriations Committee, responsible for deciding the allocation of the budget and the terms for spending appropriated funds. He was Chairman of the Treasury, Post Office and Related Agencies Subcommittee for four years, and for the last six years in Congress, he chaired the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Agencies Subcommittee.
Mr. Kolbe advises clients on trade and congressional issues, primarily with a focus on the Americas and Europe. Mr. Kolbe also serves as a Senior Transatlantic Fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Mr. Kolbe has received numerous awards and tributes, but notable among them is the George Marshall Award for Distinguished Service from the United States Agency for International Development and the Order of the Aztec from the president of Mexico. He graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in political science and then from Stanford University with an MBA and a concentration in economics.
In the News
Jim Kolbe: The other side of the dollar coin
The Daily Caller
July 19, 2011
Mark Green, Jim Kolbe, & Rob Mosbacher: More effective foreign assistance can pay real dividends
The Daily Caller
January 28, 2011
Jim Kolbe: Toning down the rhetoric a good idea
The Arizona Republic
January 19, 2011