Kolb started off his career in Washington as a legislative assistant to the House doorkeeper, a post that no longer exists. (The sergeant at arms performs many of the same duties now, including introducing the president before the State of the Union.) It was a good start to a long career in transportation, both inside and outside the government. Kolb was the primary lobbyist for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters from 1992 to 1998, focusing on infrastructure, taxes, and employee benefits. He then joined the Transportation Department as a congressional liaison under then-Secretary Rodney Slater. Kolb handled congressional affairs for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association before joining the subcommittee in 2007.
Kolb says he spends his free time going to sporting events with his “three very active kids. We love it, but it can be exhausting. Not that we are unique in this regard.’ ”
This article appears in the July 25, 2013, edition of NJ Daily as Jim Kolb, Minority Staff Director, Highways and Transit Subcommittee.