Biography

Brian M. Kolb
Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua) became a member of the State Assembly after winning a special election in February 2000. Since then, he has been overwhelmingly re-elected nine times. On April 6, 2009, he was elected Minority Leader by his colleagues, and is currently the longest-tenured legislative leader in Albany. His district includes all of Ontario County and parts of Seneca County.

Reducing taxes, making New York more affordable, generating jobs, creating a better business climate, and reforming state government are among Leader Kolb’s top legislative priorities.

He is dedicated to ensuring residents and businesses throughout his district receive effective, responsive service and timely assistance with state government inquiries. He is always accessible and approachable to the people he represents. During his tenure, Leader Kolb has gained a reputation for hard work, producing results and being connected to 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 private-sector experience. He is the former president of Refractron Technologies and a co-founder of the North American Filter Corporation, and is the only legislative leader who has owned and run a successful business.

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.

Leader Kolb was awarded the “Guardian of Small Business” award in 2016 by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) for the seventh time. He has received the “Circle of Friends” Award by the New York Farm Bureau every year he has served in the Assembly. In 2017 he was presented with the bFair2DirectCare “There for Direct Care” award and the “Community Partnership Award” for 2016-2017 from The Arc of Seneca Cayuga.

Leader Kolb 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 two grandchildren.