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Sam Blakeslee is the California State Assemblyman from California's 33rd State Assembly district and the State Assembly Republican Leader.



Sam Blakeslee grew up on the Central Coast and graduated from San Luis Obispo High School. After high school, he began a construction career. He later returned to school by attending Cuesta College. He then earned his bachelors and masters degrees in geophysics from University of California, Berkeley. He then earned his PhD from University of California, Santa Barbara.


Blakeslee worked as a research scientist at Exxon’s research lab in Texas, where he received a patent for inventing an innovative technique that used medical cat-scan technology to create detailed images of geologic formations. Blakeslee moved into management and became a Strategic Planner, where he was responsible for helping manage Exxon Production Research Co. budgets.

Blakeslee and Blakeslee

Blakeslee returned to the Central Coast and joined the family company, Blakeslee and Blakeslee. Blakeslee introduced state-of-the-art technologies and systematized the advancement of high client-service standards in financial planning. Blakeslee continues to serve as president of the company, although he has reduced his involvement due to his responsibilities as an Assemblymember.


Sam Blakeslee is married to Kara Blakeslee. Kara served as project director for the American Land Conservancy and worked with the Hearst corporation and other team members toward the successful completion of the landmark Hearst Ranch conservation project, which created a new thirteen mile (19 km) coastal state park and protected over 82,000 acres (330 km2) scenic for habitat preservation and agricultural activities. They have three children and live in San Luis Obispo.


Party political offices
Preceded by
Michael Villines
California State Assembly Republican Leader
June 1, 2009–present


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