Brian Kolb

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Brian Kolb
Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly
Incumbent
Assumed office
April 6, 2009[1]
Governor David Paterson
Preceded by Jim Tedisco
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 129th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 2000
Personal details
Born (1952-08-14) August 14, 1952 (age 61)[2]
Rochester, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lauren Kolb
Children Britton, Clayton, and Kylie
Residence Canandaigua, New York
Alma mater Saint Petersburg Junior College (A.A.)
Roberts Wesleyan College (B.S.) and (M.S.)
Religion Catholic
Website Assembly Website

Brian M. Kolb (born August 14, 1952) is the New York State assemblyman from the 131st District, and is the minority leader of the Assembly. He was unanimously chosen as minority leader in April 2009, following the resignation of Jim Tedisco.[3]

Kolb, a Republican, has served in the Assembly since February 2000, when he won a special election. The 131st District comprises all of Ontario County and portions of Seneca County in Upstate New York.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Kolb was born in Rochester, New York. He received his Associate of Arts degree from Saint Petersburg Junior College in 1980. From 1986 to 1987 he was the Town Supervisor for the Town of Richmond, and therefore also on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors. In 1996, he received his B.S. from Roberts Wesleyan College, and continued on to receive his M.S. in 1998. He became an adjunct professor at Roberts Wesleyan in 2000, a post he continues to hold.[2]

New York Assembly[edit]

Kolb was chosen in a special election held in February 2000, and re-elected four times since that time.[3] He won the November 2008 general election with 66 percent of the vote[5][6] and ran uncontested in the November 2010 general election.[7][8]

Kolb currently serves as the Ranking Minority Member on the Committee on Banks, and is a member of several other standing committees. He is also a member of the National Conference of State Legislators, American Legislative Exchange Council, and part of the Heartland Institute's Board of Directors.[3]

Brian Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua) was first elected in a special election held in February 2000 and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. On April 6, 2009, he was unanimously elected Minority Leader by his colleagues. His district includes all of Ontario County and parts of Seneca County. Reducing taxes, improving the quality of education, fostering economic development, providing sound health care and reforming state government are among Leader Kolb’s legislative priorities. He is dedicated to ensuring that residents and businesses throughout the district receive effective, responsive constituent service and timely assistance with state government inquiries. His principal goal is to be easily accessible and approachable to the people he represents. During his tenure, he has gained a reputation for hard work, producing results and being very active in his district with a down-to-earth, straight-talking approach.

As a business consultant, entrepreneur and chief operating officer at a variety of large and small technology-based businesses, Leader Kolb acquired a wealth of valuable private sector experience. He is the former president of Refractron Technologies and a co-founder of the North American Filter Corporation. Leader Kolb has demonstrated a strong commitment to education throughout both his personal life and his professional career. He served as an Adjunct Professor of Adult and Graduate Education at Roberts Wesleyan College, where his students twice selected him Outstanding Faculty Member. He is a former Chairman of the Finger Lakes Community College Foundation and is a former member of the Honeoye Central School Board and the Finger Lakes Community College Board of Trustees. He earned high honors while completing his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science Degrees at Roberts Wesleyan College and also holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC). He is a recipient of the 2003 Foundation Award and 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from FLCC. Community involvement and public service have been hallmarks of Leader Kolb’s background. He is currently a member of the Honeoye Chapter of the Sons of the American Legion, Ontario Charities Classic Board of Directors, the Ontario ARC Advisory Board, the New York Farm Bureau, and is a Notary Public. He previously served as Supervisor for the Town of Richmond, Chairman of Leadership Rochester’s Board of Directors and as a member of the Ontario County Revolving Loan Fund Committee, the Ontario County Board of Supervisors and the New York State Public Authorities Control Board. Brian is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the League of Women Voters, the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Shooters’ Committee On Political Education (SCOPE), the American Irish Legislators Society and the Knights of Columbus.

In July 2013, Kolb became a target of businessman and former New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, who said he was going to “take out” Kolb, and continued by saying, “I’m going to blow him up.”[9] Kolb called the remarks childish.

Refusal to seek higher office[edit]

Kolb had been named as a leading contender to challenge first-term Democrat Eric Massa (who eventually retired before seeking re-election) for the United States House of Representatives seat representing New York's 29th congressional district in 2010; however, he declined to seek the seat after becoming minority leader.[10] He has also declined an opportunity to run against Kirsten Gillibrand for United States Senate, again declined to seek the 29th district seat even after Massa's resignation,[11] and also declined to run for Congress in 2012, this time against Democrat Kathy Hochul.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Kolb resides in Canandaigua, New York. He is remarried to Lauren Kolb, and has three children: Britton, Clayton, and Kylie, from his first marriage.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brian Kolb Elected Leader of the New York State Assembly Minority Conference". assembly.state.ny.us. New York State Assembly. 2009-04-06. Retrieved June 5, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Assembly Member Brian M. Kolb (NY)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved June 4, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Assemblyman Brian Kolb: 131st Assembly District". assembly.state.ny.us. New York Assembly. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "131st District Map". assembly.state.ny.us. New York Assembly. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Election Results 2008: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2008. 
  6. ^ "Assembly Election Returns: November 4, 2008" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2008. 
  7. ^ "Election Results 2010: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2010. 
  8. ^ "Assembly Election Returns: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2010. 
  9. ^ McKinley, Jesse. "With Trademark Bombast, Paladino Returns on a Smaller Stage". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  10. ^ DeWitt, Karen (April 6, 2009). "Assembly GOP Names New Leader". publicbroadcasting.net/wxxi. WXXI Public Broadcasting Council. Retrieved June 5, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Republicans rethinking 29th District race"
  12. ^ Bragg, Chris (March 7, 2012). Sen. Patrick Gallivan (And Other Big GOP Names) Eying Hochul’s Seat. City & State. Retrieved March 7, 2012.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Craig J. Doran
New York State Assembly, 129th district
January 1, 2000 – December 31, 2012
Succeeded by
William B. Magnarelli
Preceded by
Harry B. Bronson
New York State Assembly, 131st district
January 1, 2013 – present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
James N. Tedisco
Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly
2009 – present
Incumbent