Jim Kolbe

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

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Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at info@arizonasenioracademy.org or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to www.asa-tucson.org.

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

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