Sam Blakeslee

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Samuel "Sam" Norman Blakeslee
Member of the California State Senate
from the 15th district
In office
August 23, 2010 – December 3, 2012
Preceded by Abel Maldonado
Succeeded by Jim Beall
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 33rd district
In office
December 6, 2004 – August 23, 2010
Preceded by Abel Maldonado
Succeeded by Katcho Achadjian
Minority Leader of the California State Assembly
In office
June 1, 2009 – February 1, 2010
Preceded by Michael Villines
Succeeded by Martin Garrick
Personal details
Born (1955-06-25) June 25, 1955 (age 58)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kara Blakeslee
Residence San Luis Obispo, California
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Santa Barbara
Profession Financial Planner
Research Scientist, Exxon
Website Senate web site

Samuel Norman Blakeslee (born June 25, 1955) is a former Republican California State Senator representing California's 15th State Senate district. He previously served as a California State Assemblyman from California's 33rd State Assembly district, and a former State Assembly Republican Leader. He was elected to the California State Assembly in 2004 to represent the 33rd Assembly District,[1] which includes the coastal communities of Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Lompoc, Atascadero, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Cayucos, Pismo Beach, and Guadalupe. He was re-elected in 2006[2] and 2008,[3] and elected to the California State Senate in 2010.[4] Blakeslee left the Senate in December 2012.[5]


Educational background[edit]

Blakeslee grew up on the Central Coast. He graduated from San Luis Obispo High School and then began a career in construction. Years later, he returned to school and attended Cuesta College, where his father, Earle Blakeslee, taught music when the college first opened in 1965.[6] He later earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in geophysics from University of California, Berkeley.[7] Blakeslee earned a Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara[8] for his research in seismic scattering, micro-earthquake studies, and fault-zone attenuation. He is published in numerous scientific journals.[9]


Blakeslee worked as a research scientist at Exxon’s research lab in Texas, where he received a patent for inventing an innovative technique that used medical cat-scan technology to create detailed images of geologic formations. Blakeslee moved into management and became a Strategic Planner, where he was responsible for helping manage Exxon Production Research Co. budgets.[citation needed]

Financial planner[edit]

Blakeslee returned to the Central Coast and joined the family company, Blakeslee and Blakeslee. Blakeslee introduced state-of-the-art technologies and systematized the advancement of high client-service standards in financial planning.[citation needed] Blakeslee continues to serve as president of the company, although he has reduced his involvement due to his responsibilities as a legislator.

Community involvement[edit]

Prior to his election to the Legislature, Blakeslee served as an elected two-term Trustee for Cuesta Community College. He was first elected in 1998.[10]

In 1999, Assemblyman Blakeslee authored the successful DREAM Initiative. Passing by 75%, the DREAM Initiative was a countywide advisory ballot measure that sought to create a long-term vision for the future of PG&E's 12 mile scenic coastline known as the Diablo Canyon Lands.[11]


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  4. ^ Alexander, Kurtis (2010-08-18). "Blakeslee bests Laird in Senate runoff". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  5. ^ Hoppin, Jason. "Sam Blakeslee leaves office, with challenges ahead". Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
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  11. ^ "Planning Nuclear Plant's Retirement". Los Angeles Times. February 6, 2000. 

External links[edit]

California Senate
Preceded by
Abel Maldonado
California State Senator
15th District

August 23, 2010 – December 3, 2012
Succeeded by
Jim Beall
California Assembly
Preceded by
Abel Maldonado
California State Assemblyman
33rd District

December 6, 2004 – August 23, 2010
Succeeded by
Katcho Achadjian
Party political offices
Preceded by
Michael Villines
California State Assembly Republican Leader
June 1, 2009–February 1, 2010
Succeeded by
Martin Garrick