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..