World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Tim Wirth

Article Id: WHEBN0000059764
Reproduction Date:

Title: Tim Wirth  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: United States Senate election in Colorado, 1986, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Frank E. Loy, United States Senate election in Colorado, 1992, Wendy Sherman
Collection: 1939 Births, Colorado Democrats, Democratic Party Members of the United States House of Representatives, Democratic Party United States Senators, Harvard Institute of Politics, Harvard University Alumni, Living People, Members of the United States House of Representatives from Colorado, Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni, Stanford University Alumni, Under Secretaries of State (United States), United States Army Reservists, United States Senators from Colorado, White House Fellows
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Tim Wirth

Tim Wirth
Wirth at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, 2011
United States Senator
from Colorado
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Gary Hart
Succeeded by Ben Nighthorse Campbell
1st Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs
In office
May 12, 1994 – December 23, 1997
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by none
Succeeded by Frank E. Loy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1987
Preceded by Donald G. Brotzman
Succeeded by David Skaggs
Personal details
Born Timothy Endicott Wirth
(1939-09-22) September 22, 1939
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Wren Winslow Wirth
Children 2
Alma mater Harvard University
Stanford University
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1961–1967
Unit Reserves

Timothy Endicott Wirth (born September 22, 1939) is a former United States Senator from Colorado. Wirth, a Democrat, was a member of the House from 1975 to 1987 and was elected to the Senate in 1986, serving one term there before stepping down. Additionally, he served both as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education for part of the Nixon Administration and later for the Clinton Administration as the first Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs for the U.S. State Department.[1] In the State Department, he worked with Vice President Al Gore on global environmental and population issues, supporting the administration's views on global warming. A supporter of the proposed Kyoto Protocol, Wirth announced the U.S.'s commitment to legally binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions. From 1998 to 2013, he served as the president of the United Nations Foundation, and currently sits on the Foundation's board.


  • Early life Career and Family 1
  • Political career 2
  • After Congressional Service 3
    • Work with the United Nations Foundation 3.1
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life Career and Family

Wirth is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, received his B.A. and graduate degree from Harvard University and was awarded a PhD from Stanford University in 1973. He has also served as a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers. Wirth is married to Wren Winslow Wirth, the President of the Winslow Foundation; together they have two children, Chris and Kelsey Wirth. Their daughter, Kelsey Wirth, is the co-founder of the orthodontic production company Align Technology, makers of Invisalign [1] and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Grist Magazine, The Environmental Working Group and the Winslow Foundation. Their son, Chris Wirth, is founder of Liberty Puzzles, the largest American laser-cut jigsaw puzzle company, based in Boulder, Colorado. His nephew, Peter Wirth, was elected in 2004 to the New Mexico State Legislature. His brother, the late John Wirth, was the Gildred Professor of Latin American Studies at Stanford University.

Political career

Wirth began his political career as a White House Fellow under President Norman Mineta, Leon Panetta and Dick Gephardt, he was part of “The Gang of Four” on the House Budget Committee challenging the budget process with bipartisan budget ideas, and developing a high technology and alternative budget in 1982. As Chair of the Telecommunications Subcommittee, he was the lead legislator in bringing competition to the video and telephone industries. Wirth also authored the Indian Peaks Wilderness Act of 1978.

In 1986, Wirth ran for the

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Donald G. Brotzman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
David Skaggs
United States Senate
Preceded by
Gary Hart
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Colorado
Served alongside: William L. Armstrong, Hank Brown
Succeeded by
Ben Nighthorse Campbell
  • Wirth Leaves State Department for Foundation
  • United Nations Foundation

External links

  1. ^ United Nations Foundation biography
  2. ^ Wirth, Timothy (January 17, 2007). Hot Politics. (Interview).  
  3. ^ UN Foundation Bio


See also

The University of Colorado at Denver currently has an endowed Tim Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy. The current holder of the chair is the man Wirth replaced in the Senate, Gary Hart.

  • Mobilizing resources in support of the eradication of polio with Rotary International, the Gates Foundation, and the World Bank;
  • Initiating a global campaign to diminish the impact of measles with the American Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control and UN Agencies;
  • Stimulating a nationwide grassroots program for the purchase of anti-malaria bed nets (“National Basketball Association);
  • Organizing support for the special needs of adolescent girls within the UN and many private sector partners with Nike and lead UN Agencies;
  • Supporting the United Nations Population Fund, and working with Congress to increase U.S. funding and bring greater focus to AIDS prevention;
  • Developing standards for better managing tourism’s impact on the environment and contribution to climate change in close partnership with UNESCO and with Expedia and other industry leaders;
  • Leading work to develop the UN framework for the post-Kyoto climate negotiations through a close partnership with the UN’s leadership and retired heads of State throughout the world (The Club of Madrid);
  • Managing a public-private effort with major segments of the agriculture community and UN agencies for better understanding of the promise, challenge and economics of bioenergy; and
  • Advancing aggressive standards for energy efficiency in the U.S. and abroad with the U.S.-centered Energy Future Coalition.

Work with the United Nations Foundation

[3] Following two decades of elected politics, Wirth was national Co-chair of the Clinton-Gore campaign, and served in the U.S. Department of State as the first

After Congressional Service

(R-WY) he authored major legislation focused on population stabilization. Wirth also organized the Senate Task Force on the Expansion of Major League Baseball, which became a major factor in the awarding of a new expansion franchise to Denver. He chose not to run for re-election in 1992, citing in a front page cover story in the Sunday New York Times Magazine (August 9, 1992), frustration with the ever increasing role of money in politics to the exclusion of focus on public policy. Alan Simpson. He authored the far-reaching Colorado Wilderness Bill which became law in 1993, and with Senator Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (R-PA), he authored “Project 88”, outlining the groundbreaking “Cap and Trade” idea which became law in the John Heinz With his close friend, the late Senator [2]

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.