Samuel Norman Blakeslee (born June 25, 1955) is a Republican Party (United States)|Republican California State Senate|California State Senator representing California's 15th State Senate district, a former California State Assemblyman from California's 33rd State Assembly district, and a former State Assembly Republican Party (United States)|Republican floor leader|Leader. He was elected to the California State Assembly in 2004 to represent the 33rd Assembly District, which includes the coastal communities of Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Lompoc, Atascadero, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, and Guadalupe. He was re-elected in 2006 and 2008, and elected to the California State Senate in 2010.
Blakeslee grew up on the Central Coast. He graduated from San Luis Obispo High School and then began a career in construction. Years later, he returned to school and attended Cuesta College, where his father, Earle Blakeslee, taught music when the college first opened in 1965. He later earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in geophysics from University of California, Berkeley. Blakeslee earned a Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara for his research in seismic scattering, micro-earthquake studies, and fault-zone attenuation. He is published in numerous scientific journals.
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 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 a legislator.
Blakeslee has come out in opposition to storage of spent fuel at Diablo.“Under no circumstances should the federal government be allowed to turn San Luis Obispo County into a long-term nuclear waste dump"
- Alexander, Kurtis (2010-08-18). "Blakeslee bests Laird in Senate runoff". Santa Cruz Sentinel. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_15810160. Retrieved 2010-08-18.
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California's 15th State Senate district|15th District August 23, 2010 – present
| DATE OF BIRTH = June 25, 1955 | PLACE OF BIRTH = California