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James T. Kolbe

Vice Chairman

James T. Kolbe joined IRI’s Board of Directors in 1993 and has served as its vice chair since 2013.  He represented Arizona’s fifth and eighth congressional districts in the United States House of Representatives, elected for 11 consecutive terms, from 1985 to 2007.  While in Congress, he chaired the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee.  He was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy and served on active duty for two and a half years, including a year on small boats in Vietnam during that conflict.  Kolbe is a Senior Transatlantic Fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States.  He has received numerous awards and tributes, 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 also serves on the board of Freedom House.

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