MFAN Statement: Former Republican Rep. Jim Kolbe Joins MFAN as Co-Chair

January 25, 2011 (WASHINGTON)This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs David Beckmann and George Ingram:

MEXICO USWe are very pleased to announce that Jim Kolbe, a former chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, has agreed to join us as a co-chair of MFAN.

As a Republican Member of Congress from Arizona from 1986-2007, Mr. Kolbe was a staunch advocate for more robust and effective U.S. foreign assistance.  He played a lead role in the creation of landmark development programs, including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), all of which helped make development a pillar of U.S. foreign policy alongside diplomacy and defense.  He has continued to be a strong voice on development and other related issues, including trade, as a Senior Transatlantic Fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States and a Senior Advisor to McLarty Associates.

Perhaps most importantly, Jim has been respected for decades as a leader who can work across the aisle to build consensus and forge solutions to big challenges, which are enormously important to the future success of U.S. development efforts, our foreign policy, and our leadership in the world.  As implementation of foreign assistance reform moves ahead, we look forward to working closely with Jim to raise bipartisan awareness in Congress about the importance of giving reform the durability of law.

For additional information, please contact Sam Hiersteiner at 202-295-0171 or shiersteiner@gpgdc.com.

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