|Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly|
April 6, 2009
|Preceded by||Jim Tedisco|
|Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 131st district
August 14, 1952 |
Rochester, New York
|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.)
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.
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.
Early life and career
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. He was co-founder of North American Filter Corp, as well as the Former President/COO of Refractron Technologies Corp. 
New York Assembly
Kolb was chosen in a special election held in February 2000, and re-elected ever since that time.
Kolb currently serves as the Ranking Minority Member on the Committee on Rules, and is a member of several other standing committees. He is also a member of the member of the Advisory Board for the Ontario ARC, a member of the Sons of the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and the American Irish Legislators Society. Kolb is also a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the League of Women Voters. 
Other GOP leaders have been critical of Kolb's close relationship with liberal Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who has even gone so far as to praise Kolb for his staunch loyalty during a session of the Assembly.
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.”
- National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) 'Guardian of Small Business Award' six times
- 2010 New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) 'Legislator of the Year'
- 2010 NYSRPA 'Man of the Year'
- 2010 Shooters Committee On Political Education (SCOPE) 'Sandra Lee Wirth Legislator of the Year Award'
- 2011 Seneca County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs 'Conservationist Award'
- 2012 Finger Lakes Community College “Distinguished Alumni Award”
- 2013 New York State School Boards Association 'State Leader of the Year'
- New York Farm Bureau 'Annual Circle of Friends' since 2000
- 2014 Happiness House 'Happiness is Helping' Humanitarian Award
- 2014, '100' pro-jobs rating from NFIB - highest-ranked NY legislative leader
Refusal to seek higher office
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. Though his potential candidacy was never taken seriously, 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, and also declined to run for Congress in 2012, this time against Democrat Kathy Hochul.
Kolb resides in Canandaigua, New York. He is remarried to Lauren Kolb, and has three children: Britton, Clayton, and Kylie, from his first marriage. He is also the son, brother, father and uncle of veterans.
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- "Assembly Member Brian M. Kolb (NY)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved June 4, 2009.
- "Assemblyman Brian Kolb: 131st Assembly District". assembly.state.ny.us. New York Assembly. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
- "131st District Map". assembly.state.ny.us. New York Assembly. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
- Spector, Joe (May 23, 2013). "Kolb says it’s up Assembly Democrats to decide their leader". Gannett.
- McKinley, Jesse. "With Trademark Bombast, Paladino Returns on a Smaller Stage". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- DeWitt, Karen (April 6, 2009). "Assembly GOP Names New Leader". publicbroadcasting.net/wxxi. WXXI Public Broadcasting Council. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- "Republicans rethinking 29th District race"
- Bragg, Chris (March 7, 2012). Sen. Patrick Gallivan (And Other Big GOP Names) Eying Hochul’s Seat. City & State. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- New York State Assembly member website
- New York Republican Assembly Campaign Committee
- Brian M. Kolb: 2004 Politician Profile Campaign funding profile compiled by Opensecrets.org
- Response to New York League of Conservation Voters' Questionnaire
|New York Assembly|
Craig J. Doran
|New York State Assembly, 129th district
January 1, 2000 – December 31, 2012
William B. Magnarelli
Harry B. Bronson
|New York State Assembly, 131st district
January 1, 2013 – present
James N. Tedisco
|Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly
2009 – present