Congressman Chris Jacobs
US Congressman for the 27th District
Chris Jacobs is a conservative reformer, small businessman, a former State Senator representing Western NY, and currently representing the 27th Congressional District. He was first elected to the Senate in 2016 and re-elected in November of 2018, Chris has been a strong voice for Western New York, fighting against policies driven by New York City political interests that are harmful to the region. He has also been a strong advocate for government reform.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Jacobs was the first Republican Clerk elected in Erie County in 40 years. As County Clerk, Jacobs was credited with reforming the operations of the Office’s Real Estate Division which had fallen into dysfunction. Jacobs drove dramatic efficiencies and revenues throughout the Clerk’s Office without increasing the number of employees. He was also credited with building the Clerk’s “Thank A Vet” Program, now the largest veterans discount program of its kind in the entire state. As Clerk he also ran the County’s Pistol Permit Division, where he received accommodation for his strong defense of 2nd Amendment rights, especially during the passage of the New York SAFE Act.
A small business owner, Jacobs is the founder and owner of Avalon Development. Founded in 2002, Avalon has redeveloped many vacant and historic buildings in Western New York . Chris has received numerous awards for bringing older buildings and the communities around them back to life. His projects have focused on providing unique and affordable space for small businesses to thrive. Jacobs’ business experience is one reason he believes that small business creation and growth is critical to the region’s comeback.
Jacobs first job after college was working in Washington DC for former Buffalo Congressman and Buffalo Bills Quarterback Jack Kemp. In 1994, Jacobs returned home to Western New York to start the BISON Scholarship Fund, a charity that raised donations to help send children to private and religious schools. BISON will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary this fall, over that time providing scholarships for more than 20,000 children throughout Western New York. Jacobs believes that all children in American, no matter their income or their address, deserve an education of the highest quality.
Jacobs grew up in Western New York. He is married to Martina Jacobs and they have a daughter, Anna. He is a graduate of Boston College and has an MBA from American University in Washington DC and a law degree from SUNY Buffalo.
Congressman Tom Reed
US Congressman for the 29th District
Congressman Tom Reed was first elected to represent the 29th District of New York in a special election held November 2, 2010. He took office during the “lame duck” session of the 111th Congress and began his own full two-year term in the 112th Congress on January 5, 2011. Reed was re-elected on November 6, 2012 to serve a two-year term in the new 23rd District.
In June 2011 Congressman Reed was appointed to the Committee on Ways and Means. The Ways and Means Committee has broad jurisdiction over many issues including tax policy, trade, health care, and Social Security. He serves on the Human Resources, Oversight, and Select Revenue Measures subcommittees of Ways and Means.
Tom currently Co-Chairs the House Manufacturing Caucus and Congressional Natural Gas Caucus and is Vice Chair of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus.
Previously, Tom served on the Rules, Judiciary, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.
Tom graduated from the Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1996 and began work in Rochester, N.Y. After opening his private practice, he spent the next 11 years building his law firm and other businesses dealing with real estate and mortgage brokerage.
Tom has served on many community boards in the Corning area. He served one full term as Mayor of the City of Corning from 2008 through 2009.
Website: Rep. Tom Reed
Senator Pamela Helming
NYS Senator for the 54th District
Pam Helming, and her husband Gary, have been residents of Canandaigua for over thirty years and have raised their two children, Catherine and Evan, in the local schools and community.
After graduating from Hiram College in 1984, Pam worked with developmentally disabled individuals which led her to manage several local group homes. From this experience, Pam learned that she wished to dedicate her life to serving others. Her desire to make a difference in the community led to public service, first as a town board member, and later being elected Town Supervisor of Canandaigua.
As Canandaigua Town Supervisor, she reduced property tax rates, cut unnecessary expenses, repaired infrastructure, and grew jobs by attracting new businesses and development. As a Town Board Member, Pam introduced a resolution in opposition to Gov. Cuomo’s disastrous SAFE Act.
A champion for the vast local natural resources in the region, Pam serves as a member of the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council, and has worked diligently to preserve, protect, and promote water quality and the overall environment in the region.
Recognizing the importance of the small local community in which she raised her family, Pam has devoted her time to a variety of causes including serving as Vice President of the Board for the Parkside Drive, a veterans housing project opening later this year, as well as a member of the Quail Summit Senior Living Center Board of Directors. She has also served as a volunteer for the United Way and helped with fundraising efforts for numerous organizations in the community.
Website: Senator Pamela Helming
Senator Richard Funke
NYS Senator for the 55th District
Rich was born in Batavia. He was elected to NY State Senate in the 55th District on November 4th, 2014.
After college, Rich joined WHAM Radio. In 1972 he was named News Director at WAXC Radio and in 1974 became Sports Director at WHEC 10. In 1980 Rich left Rochester to join WTVJ in Miami but missing the quality of life Rochester has to offer, he returned a year later. In 2005, he left the sports chair to become primary anchor of the evening news.
In the community, Rich has devoted his time to Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong where he has co-hosted the annual Telethon since its inception. He has served on the boards of Cancer Action and Ronald McDonald House and hosts a monthly radio show for Camp Good Days and Special times. He is a member of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Foundation and serves as a Lector at St. John of Rochester Church.
Rich is a member of the Frontier Field Walk of Fame, the Section 5 football and basketball Halls of Fame, the Chase Scholarship Basketball tournament Hall of Fame and the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame and the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Rich retired from News10 NBC in December 2012 after a 44-year career in Broadcasting. He has been married to his wife Patricia for 43 years. Rich was recently sworn in as the Senator of the 55th State Senate District and is looking forward to continuing to serve his community.
Website: Senator Richard Funke
Assemblyman Brian Kolb
NYS Assemblyman for the 131st District
Assemblyman Kolb lives in Victor with his wife, Lauren. He was first elected in a special election held in 2000. In 2009, he was unanimously elected Minority Leader by his colleagues. 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.
As a business consultant, entrepreneur and chief operating officer at a variety of large and small technology-based businesses, Assemblyman 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.
Assemblyman 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. 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.
Community involvement and public service have been hallmarks of Assemblyman 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 NY 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.
Website: Assemblyman Brian Kolb