Jim Kolbe joined McLarty Associates in 2007 as a senior advisor, following his 22-year service in the House of Representatives. At MA, he 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 and as an adjunct professor in the College of Business at the University of Arizona.
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 graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. degree in political science and then from Stanford University with an M.B.A. and a concentration in economics.
He 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.
In the News
Jim Kolbe talks about the benefit of using dollar coins instead of paper dollars
WGN Radio Chicago
September 20, 2011
Jim Kolbe talks about the accountability of foreign aid
Fox Business News
February 9, 2011
The Other Side of the Dollar Coin
The Daily Caller
July 19, 2011
More effective foreign assistance can pay real dividends
Mark Green, Jim Kolbe, & Rob Mosbacher
The Daily Caller
January 28, 2011
Toning Down the Rhetoric a Good Idea
The Arizona Republic
January 19, 2011