Assembly Republicans Choose Barclay As Leader

The New York State Assembly Republican Conference has a new leader this year. On January 7, 2020, Asm. Will Barclay (R-Pulaski) was unanimously elected by his 42 Republican colleagues to the position of Assembly Minority Leader. According to, Asm. Barclay is the first Central New York assemblymember to hold this leadership position in at least 115 years.

Leader Barclay has served in the Assembly since 2003. He currently represents the 120th Assembly District on the shores of Lake Ontario. Asm. Barclay was chosen by his colleagues to replace Asm. Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua), who stepped down from his leadership role on January 3 after having been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on New Year’s Eve.

Leader Barclay has held other leadership roles in the Assembly, including Deputy Minority Leader, chair of the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee, and ranking member of the influential Assembly Ways and Means Committee. An attorney by profession, Leader Barclay is the son of Hugh Douglas Barclay, a former member of the New York State Senate and a former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador. He is a part-owner of Douglas Outdoors, a Phoenix, New York-based company that makes fishing equipment.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms congratulates Leader Barclay on his new position. We hope and pray that he will work collaboratively with members of the Assembly Majority to accomplish good things for our state, and that he will be bold and outspoken in confronting members of the Assembly Majority when they seek to do evil.