Ken Blankenbush was elected Assemblyman for the 122nd Assembly District on November 2, 2010. Blankenbush is a longtime resident of Black River, who is a husband, father, grandfather, small businessman, and public servant deeply rooted in his community. His district includes Lewis County and parts of Oswego, Saint Lawrence and Jefferson counties. Blankenbush served in the United States Air Force from 1968 to 1976 during one of the most trying times in American foreign policy and diplomatic history. He also was deployed and served in Vietnam and was then stationed at Plattsburgh Air Force Base. He graduated from Rush-Henrietta High School in Henrietta, New York. Upon completing two years at Monroe Community College, he earned his Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in History. In 1976, Blankenbush began his professional career with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and worked his way up to branch manager of the regional office in Watertown. After a successful tenure at Metropolitan, he left to start BEL Associates, his own insurance and financial services business in Watertown, which he still proudly owns today. A town councilman for the Town of LeRay for eight years, Blankenbush went on to serve his community as a member of the Jefferson County Board of Legislators where he was chosen as the Chairman for two terms. While serving as Chairman, he was responsible for developing policy and legislation for the administration and operation of the county, while the administrative staff and operating departments implement the legislature’s directives. Blankenbush believes that his background as a small-business owner and county legislator offers residents of the North Country a real choice to fix politics as usual in Albany. His proposal, “True North,” would put government back in the hands of taxpayers. The plan also would make government more fiscally responsible, elections more equitable, and would invest in job creation, strengthen education, and promote the North Country’s agricultural heritage. He believes his proposal is critical in getting big government off our backs and working with residents, not against them. Blankenbush is a member of the Watertown Elks and Black River American Legion, and was a member of the local Rotary for 15 years. He is a member of the Association of the United States Army (Northern New York-Fort Drum Chapter). His professional activities include a membership in the Greater Watertown Chamber and membership in the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers. Blankenbush is married to his wife of 39 years, Sheila. They have two children and six grandchildren.