Jim Kolbe

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Jim Kolbe
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Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byJames F. McNulty Jr.
Succeeded byGabby Giffords
Constituency5th District (1985-2003)
8th District (2003-2007)
Personal details
James Thomas Kolbe

(1942-06-28)June 28, 1942
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
DiedDecember 3, 2022(2022-12-03) (aged 80)
Political partyRepublican (until 2018)
Independent (2018–2022)
Sarah Dinham
(m. 1977; div. 1992)

Hector Alfonso (m. 2013)
EducationNorthwestern University (BA)
Stanford University (MBA)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1967–1969 (Active)
1970–1977 (Reserve)

James Thomas Kolbe (born June 28, 1942 – December 3, 2022) was an American politician. He was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives for Arizona's 5th congressional district from 1985 until 2003 and for the 8th congressional district from 2003 until 2007.

Kolbe came out as gay in August 1996 after his vote in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act.[1][2] He won re-election that year. In 2000, he became the first openly gay person to address the Republican National Convention.[3]

In 2018, Kolbe left the Republican Party as a protest from President Donald Trump.[4]

Kolbe supported Joe Biden for president in the 2020 presidential election.[5]

In December 2022, Kolbe died from a stroke.

References[change | change source]

  1. Dunlap, David W. (August 3, 1996). "A Republican Congressman Discloses He Is a Homosexual". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
  2. "It's a Relief, Kolbe Says". Tucson Citizen, August 1, 1996. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  3. Campbell, Julia (August 1, 2000). "Openly Gay Congressman Addresses Convention". ABC News.
  4. TucsonSentinel.com. "Former Rep. Jim Kolbe says he left Republican Party 18 months ago". TucsonSentinel.com. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  5. Star, Jim Kolbe Special to the Arizona Daily. "Jim Kolbe: I'm a conservative and I'm voting for Joe Biden". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 2020-10-27.