Wednesday, 2:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. The Arizona Senior Academy Building
Following up the Great Decisions sessions on current foreign affairs underway through Winter/Spring 2019, the Arizona Senior Academy will host former Congressman Jim Kolbe on March 27, 2019.
Kolbe, who represented southeastern Arizona in the United States Congress from 1985 to 2007, will speak about trade policy and the current political environment concerning international trade. Kolbe has specialized in trade policy and international relations throughout his political career.
A native of southern Arizona, after high school Kolbe served as a Page in the US Senate; he then received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and went on to Stanford University for an MBA focusing on economics. After two years in the U.S. Navy, he pursued a career in business prior to serving two terms in the Arizona State Senate. In 1984 he won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives; he was re-elected 10 times before retiring.
In Congress, Kolbe chaired the Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs, the subcommittee responsible for all U.S. foreign expenditures outside of defense spending. Since serving in Congress, he has been a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, on the Advisory Board of McLarty Associates, and on the Board of Trustees for the International Republican Institute and Freedom House.
Kolbe will address current U.S. trade policy and its role in overall international relations, including the Trans-Pacific trade partnership, NAFTA, and other bilateral trade agreements in force or proposed.
Written by Sarah Dinham, Academy Village Volunteer