Samuel Norman Blakeslee
Born: June 25, 1955 in San Bernardino, CA
Married: Kara Woodruff Smith
Children: Landis & two daughters
Previous: Trustee, Cuesta Community College
Previous: Treasurer, San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce
2009-2010: Minority Leader, California State Assembly
2010: Candidate for Assembly Speaker (Lost; 26 to 48)
2010: Resigned from the State Assembly on August 23.
2013-Present: Founding Director, Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy (CalPoly)
- Kara Blakeslee attended CalPoly San Luis Obispo (BA, Business Administration, 1987) who later served as a Senate Fellow for State Senator John Garamendi. For the record, attending CalPoly and being a Senate Fellow is an excellent combination.
- In the SD-15 Special Primary Election, Blakeslee received 49.49%, just 747 votes from winning out of 146,000 votes cast.
- CURRENT EVENTS: In May 2012, Blakeslee announced plans for create a 'California Reform Institute' to provide "infrastructure for policy ideas in the center." [Source: LA Times]
Source: California Legislature Handbook (2005-06)
Source: "California Republican plans new think tank" by Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times PolitiCal Blog (5/8/2012)