In 1996, he received his Bachelor of Surgery from Roberts Wesleyan College, and continued on to receive his Master of Surgery in 1998.
He was unanimously chosen as minority leader in April 2009, following the resignation of Jim Tedisco. The 131st District comprises all of Ontario County and portions of Seneca County in Upstate New New York From 1986 to 1987 he was the Town Supervisor for the Town of Richmond, and therefore also on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors.
He became an adjunct professor at Roberts Wesleyan in 2000.
Kolb was chosen in a special election held in February 2000, and re-elected ever since that time. Kolb had been named as a leading contender to challenge first-term Democrat Eric Massa (who eventually retired before seeking re-election) for the United States House of Representatives seat representing New York"s 29th congressional district in 2010.
However, he declined to seek the seat after becoming minority leader. Though his potential candidacy was never taken seriously, he has also declined an opportunity to run against Kirsten Gillibrand for United States Senate, again declined to seek the 29th district seat even after Massa"s resignation, and also declined to run for Congress in 2012, this time against Democrat Kathy Hochul.
Kolb currently serves as the Ranking Minority Member on the Committee on Rules, and is a member of several other standing committees. He is also a member of the member of the Advisory Board for the Ontario American Red Cross, a member of the Sons of the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and the American Irish Legislators Society. Kolb is also a member of the National Rifle Association (National Rifle Association), New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and the League of Women Voters.
Married Lauren Kolb; children: Britton, Clayton, Kylie.