Brian Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua) was first elected in a special election held in February 2000 and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. On April 6, 2009, he was unanimously elected Minority Leader by his colleagues. His district includes all of Ontario County and parts of Seneca County. Reducing taxes, improving the quality of education, fostering economic development, providing sound health care and reforming state government are among Leader Kolb’s legislative priorities. He is dedicated to ensuring that residents and businesses throughout the district receive effective, responsive constituent service and timely assistance with state government inquiries. His principal goal is to be easily accessible and approachable to the people he represents. During his tenure, 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. As a business consultant, entrepreneur and chief operating officer at a variety of large and small technology-based businesses, Leader Kolb acquired a wealth of valuable private sector experience. He is the former president of Refractron Technologies and a co-founder of the North American Filter Corporation. Leader Kolb has demonstrated a strong commitment to education throughout both his personal life and his professional career. He served as an Adjunct Professor of Adult and Graduate Education at Roberts Wesleyan College, where his students 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. He earned high honors while completing his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science Degrees at Roberts Wesleyan College and also holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC). He is a recipient of the 2003 Foundation Award and 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from FLCC. Community involvement and public service have been hallmarks of Leader Kolb’s background. He is currently a member of the Honeoye Chapter of the Sons of the American Legion, Ontario Charities Classic Board of Directors, the Ontario ARC Advisory Board, the New York Farm Bureau, and is a Notary Public. He previously served as Supervisor for the Town of Richmond, Chairman of Leadership Rochester’s Board of Directors and as a member of the Ontario County Revolving Loan Fund Committee, the Ontario County Board of Supervisors and the New York State Public Authorities Control Board. Brian is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the League of Women Voters, the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Shooters’ Committee On Political Education (SCOPE), the American Irish Legislators Society and the Knights of Columbus. Leader Kolb lives in Canandaigua with his wife, Lauren, and has three grown children, sons Britton and Clayton, daughter Kylie, and one grandson, Everett.