Brian Kolb

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Brian Kolb
Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly
Assumed office
April 6, 2009[1]
Governor David Paterson
Preceded by Jim Tedisco
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 131st district
Assumed office
February 2000
Personal details
Born (1952-08-14) August 14, 1952 (age 62)[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]

Other GOP leaders have been critical of Kolb's close relationship with liberal Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who has even gone to far as to praise Kolb for his loyalty during a session of the Assembly.[9]

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.”[10]

Edward Hennessey Stalking Incident[edit]

As Leader of the New York State Republican Assembly Campaign Committee, Kolb set in motion--and insists in the legality and ethics of the so-called "Edward Hennessey Stalking Incident" in which a Democratic opponent, New York State Assemblyman Edward Hennessey, was surveilled in his home and a GPS tracking bug affixed to his automobile, and to which Kolb commented: “It’s not about harassment. It’s not about stalking. It’s not about dirty politics. This is about trying to establish that someone is not fulfilling their constitutional duty.” Kolb's comments were made in the face of a "clear and convincing" New York State Supreme Court verdict wholly contrary to Mr. Kolb's declamations.

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.[11] 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,[12] and also declined to run for Congress in 2012, this time against Democrat Kathy Hochul.[13]

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] Known in Albany circles as a philanderer who enjoys a good time, Kolb was implicated in lawsuits filed against the Assembly in 2004 for improper or illegal sexual misconduct.[14] In a 2012 scandal that became known as 'Gropegate,' Kolb was criticized for being silent as Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez and Speaker Sheldon Silver tried to secretly payoff $103,000 in taxpayer funds to a woman Lopez was accused sexually harassing.[15]


  1. ^ "Brian Kolb Elected Leader of the New York State Assembly Minority Conference". 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". New York Assembly. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "131st District Map". 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. ^ Spector, Joe (May 23, 2013). "Kolb says it’s up Assembly Democrats to decide their leader". Gannett. 
  10. ^ McKinley, Jesse. "With Trademark Bombast, Paladino Returns on a Smaller Stage". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  11. ^ DeWitt, Karen (April 6, 2009). "Assembly GOP Names New Leader". WXXI Public Broadcasting Council. Retrieved June 5, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Republicans rethinking 29th District race"
  13. ^ Bragg, Chris (March 7, 2012). Sen. Patrick Gallivan (And Other Big GOP Names) Eying Hochul’s Seat. City & State. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
  14. ^ Dicker, Fredrick (2004-08-08). "SILVER IN ALBANY SEX HUBBUB (interns without stained blue dresses)". New York Post. 
  15. ^ Karlan, Rick. "GOP Assembly hopeful has field day with Silver/Lopez". Albany Times Union. 

External links[edit]

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
Political offices
Preceded by
James N. Tedisco
Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly
2009 – present