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|Member of the New York State Assembly from the 131st district|
129th district (2000-2012)
|Assumed office |
February 17, 2000
|Preceded by||Craig Doran|
|Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly|
April 6, 2009 – January 3, 2020
|Preceded by||Jim Tedisco|
|Succeeded by||William Barclay|
|Town Supervisor of Richmond|
|Born||August 14, 1952|
Rochester, New York, U.S.
|Education||Saint Petersburg College|
Finger Lakes Community College
Roberts Wesleyan College (BS, MS)
Brian M. Kolb (born August 14, 1952) is an American politician who serves as a member of the New York State Assembly and who served as Assembly Minority Leader from April 2009 to January 2020. A Republican, Kolb represents the 131st Assembly District.
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. In 1996, he received his B.S. from Roberts Wesleyan College, and he continued on to receive his M.S. from Roberts Wesleyan in 1998. He became an adjunct professor at Roberts Wesleyan in 2000. He was co-founder of North American Filter Corporation and is a former President/COO of Refractron Technologies Corporation.[better source needed]
New York State Assembly
Kolb was first elected to the New York State Assembly in a February 2000 special election. As of January 2020, he has been re-elected nine times. Kolb represented the 129th Assembly District from 2000 to 2012, and has represented the 131st Assembly District since 2013.[better source needed] New York's 131st Assembly District comprises all of Ontario County and portions of Seneca County in Upstate New York.
A Republican, Kolb was chosen as Assembly Minority Leader following the resignation of Jim Tedisco. He became Assembly Minority Leader on April 6, 2009. As of December 2018, Kolb was the longest-serving legislative leader in the New York State Legislature.
A member of the National Rifle Association, Kolb appeared alongside the organization's CEO, Wayne LaPierre, at a 2012 lobby day event in Albany.[better source needed] Kolb is also a member of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association.
In 2017, Kolb was the only one of New York's five state legislative leaders and six statewide elected officials to support New York Proposition 1 (2017), which called for a state constitutional convention. Proposition 1 was defeated at the ballot box, receiving only 16% of the vote.
Kolb is 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, the American Irish Legislators Society, Ontario Charities Classic Board of Directors, the Ontario ARC Advisory Board and the New York Farm Bureau.[better source needed]
Other potential bids for political office
Kolb had been named as a leading Republican contender in 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 also declined an opportunity to run against Kirsten Gillibrand for United States Senate and also declined to run for Congress in 2012, this time against Democrat Kathy Hochul.
On December 31, 2019, Kolb was arrested for driving while intoxicated following a single-vehicle collision in Victor, New York.
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- "GOP Assembly leader Brian Kolb charged with drunken driving". Times Union. January 1, 2020.
- "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.
- "NY Assembly Republicans select new minority leader". Glens Falls Post-Star. April 6, 2009.
- "Kolb re-elected leader of Assembly Republican Conference". Legislative Gazette. December 3, 2018.
- Fitzpatrick, Joshua. "NYS Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb Celebrates "Sportsmen's Day 2012," Defends Second Amendment Constitutional Freedoms Of All New Yorkers". Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb/New York State Assembly Minority. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
- Spector, Joseph. "Rifle Association Moves Kolb to the Head of The Class". Albany Watch. USA Today. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
- Reisman, Nick. "Lawmakers have a lot to say about NY constitutional convention proposal". Spectrum News. Spectrum News. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
- Kolb, Brian. "Kolb: The case for a constitutional convention". Auburnpub. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
- "Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb steps down after DWI arrest". Times Union. January 3, 2020.
- "NY lawmaker, who warned about driving drunk, resigns as GOP leader after DWI arrest". NBC News. January 3, 2020.
- 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"". mpnnow.com. March 3, 2010. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2010.
- 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.
- First Republican formally announces plans to run for New York governor. New York Daily News. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
- "Brian Kolb withdraws from gubernatorial race". Legislative Gazette. February 3, 2018.
- "Assemblyman Brian Kolb charged with drunken driving in Victor on New Year's Eve". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. January 1, 2020.
- 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|
| Member of the New York Assembly
from the 129th district
| Member of the New York Assembly
from the 131st district
| Minority Leader of the New York Assembly|