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Rep. James “Jim” Kolbe

Former Representative for Arizona’s 8th District

Kolbe was the representative for Arizona’s 8th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2003 to 2006.

He was previously the representative for Arizona’s 5th congressional district as a Republican from 1985 to 2002.

Photo of Rep. James “Jim” Kolbe [R-AZ8, 2003-2006]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Kolbe is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Kolbe sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Kolbe was the primary sponsor of 17 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 17 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Kolbe sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (18%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Law (12%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Social Welfare (11%) Immigration (11%) Environmental Protection (10%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Kolbe recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Dec 2006, Kolbe missed 305 of 11,959 roll call votes, which is 2.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2006. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: