Brian Kolb was first elected to represent New York State's 129th Assembly District when a special election was held in February 2000 and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. Additionally, in 2009 Kolb was elected by his peers to be the Minority Republican Leader of the New York State Assembly.
Brian's legislative priorities include reducing taxes, improving the quality of education, fostering job creation, providing sound health care and reforming state government. He is dedicated to ensuring that residents and businesses throughout the district receive effective, responsive constituent service and timely assistance with state government inquiries. Brian's principal goal is to be easily accessible and approachable to the people he represents. In a short time, he has gained a reputation for hard work, producing results and being very active in his district with a down-to-earth, straight-talking approach.
Assembly Leader Kolb possesses a wealth of valuable private sector experience acquired as a business consultant, entrepreneur and chief executive officer of a variety of small and large technology based businesses. He is the former president of Refractron Technologies and a co-founder of the North American Filter Corporation.
Brian has demonstrated a strong commitment to education throughout both his personal life and his professional career. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Adult and Graduate Education at Roberts Wesleyan College, where his students have twice selected him Outstanding Faculty Member. He is a former Chairman of the Finger Lakes Community College Foundation and is a former member of the Honeoye Central School Board and the Finger Lakes Community College Board of Trustees. Brian earned high honors while completing his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science Degrees at Roberts Wesleyan College.
Brian previously served as Supervisor for the Town of Richmond, Chairman of Leadership Rochester's Board of Directors, and as a member of both the Ontario County Revolving Loan Fund Committee and the Ontario County Board of Supervisors (1986-1987).
Mr. Kolb is a member of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and a member of the Heartland Institute’s Board of Legislative Advisors.
Brian lives in Canandaigua with his wife Lauren and has three grown children, sons Britton and Clayton and daughter Kylie.