Brian Kolb

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Brian Kolb
NYS Assembly Minority Leader Brian M Kolb.jpg
Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly
Assumed office
April 6, 2009[1]
Governor David Paterson
Andrew Cuomo
Preceded by Jim Tedisco
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 131st district
Assumed office
February 17, 2000
Preceded by Craig J. Doran
Personal details
Born (1952-08-14) August 14, 1952 (age 65)[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.)
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. He was co-founder of North American Filter Corp, as well as the Former President/COO of Refractron Technologies Corp.[2]

New York Assembly[edit]

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.[3]



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.[5] 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,[6] and also declined to run for Congress in 2012, this time against Democrat Kathy Hochul.[7]

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. He is also the son, brother, father and uncle of veterans.


  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 "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. ^ DeWitt, Karen (April 6, 2009). "Assembly GOP Names New Leader". WXXI Public Broadcasting Council. Retrieved June 5, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Republicans rethinking 29th District race"
  7. ^ Bragg, Chris (March 7, 2012). Sen. Patrick Gallivan (And Other Big GOP Names) Eying Hochul’s Seat Archived March 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. City & State. Retrieved March 7, 2012.

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