A Republican congressman Jim Kolbe has passed away. He represented a heavily Democratic region of Arizona for more than two decades. Apart from this, he was also a proponent of gay rights. Now, it is coming forward that he took his last breath at the age of 80. According to reports, the congressman said in a statement that Kolbe died on Saturday, December 3, 2022. Tributary posts and RIP messages have flooded the internet following the announcement. Check what happened to him and how did he die in the article below.
How Did Jim Kolbe Die?
As mentioned, Jim Kolbe’s death was confirmed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. He ordered that flags at all state buildings be flown at half-staff until sunset Sunday in honor of the former U.S. congressman and state senator. Releasing a statement, Ducey said that Arizona lost a true elder statesman and political powerhouse today. Adding further congressman Jim never wavered in his responsibility to our state and nation. It is no doubt to say that everyone got saddened to learn about his passing. However, his cause of death has not been revealed at this time. Let us find out who was Mr Kolbe.
Who Was Jim Kolbe?
Born on June 28, 1942, in Evanston, Illinois, United States, James Thomas Kolbe was an American businessman and politician. He served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives. From 1985 to 2003, he represented Arizona’s 5th congressional district and its 8th congressional district from 2003 to 2007. In 1996, the politician came out as gay after voting in support of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Kolbe worked for Democratic President Barack Obama on the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations after leaving Congress. Following the victory of Donald Trump in 2018, Kolbe defected from the Republican party and declared himself an independent. He supported Joe Biden for president in the 2020 election. He went to Patagonia Elementary School and Patagonia Union High School, but after three years working as Barry Goldwater’s United States Senate Page, he graduated from the United States Capitol Page School in 1960.
He finished his undergraduate studies at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and Northwestern University in Evanston, where he was a member of the fraternity Acacia. He served in the US Navy, spending a year in the riverine “Swift Boat” group in Vietnam. People who knew Jim Colbe are in profound grief and sorrow after learning about his sudden demise. Stay connected with Social Telecast for more updates.