Following on the Great Decisions sessions on current foreign affairs held earlier this year, the Arizona Senior Academy will host former Congressman Jim Kolbe on Thursday (June 7) at 3:30 p.m.
Kolbe, who represented southeastern Arizona from 1985 to 2007 in the United States House of Representatives, will speak about trade policy and the current political environment concerning international trade.
Now a Fellow with the Washington-based German Marshall Fund and a consultant with Kissinger and McLarty Associates, Kolbe has specialized in trade policy and international relations throughout his political career.
A native of southern Arizona, Kolbe attended the Capitol Page School in Washington DC, then attended Northwestern University before serving for two years in the U.S. Navy; he then went on to Stanford University for an MBA focusing on economics.
He pursued a career in business prior to serving two terms in the Arizona State Senate, then in 1984 won his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was re-elected 10 times before retiring.
In Congress, Kolbe served as chair of the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs of the House Appropriations Committee. This subcommittee is responsible for virtually all U.S. foreign expenditures outside of defense spending.
Kolbe will address current U.S. trade policy, commenting on the Trans-Pacific trade partnership, NAFTA, and several bilateral trade agreements in force or proposed.
Written by Sarah Dinham, Academy Village Volunteer