Founder

Sam Blakeslee, PhD
As founder of the California Reform Institute, California State Senator Sam Blakeslee brings his unique background and perspective as the Legislature’s only trained scientist, former Assembly Minority Leader and member of the Big 5, and a reputation as one of Sacramento’s most bipartisan legislators. During his eight years in the legislature, Senator Blakeslee also established strong working relationships with leading policymakers at the PUC, CEC, ISO, and numerous other state agencies dealing with energy and jobs.
Senator Blakeslee represented the 15th Senate District which includes the Silicon Valley and enjoys strong working relationships with leading innovation companies such as Facebook, Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Bloom Energy and Nanosolar.

Senator Blakeslee consistently earned top ratings from job creators like the California Chamber of Commerce, California Manufacturing & Technology Association and the National Federation of Independent Businesses while consistently being noted as the Legislature’s top ranking Republican by environmental groups like the Sierra Club and California League of Conservation Voters.

A research geophysist by training, Senator Blakeslee has applied his background as a scientist to advance policies addressing energy-independence, long-range energy planning and resource conservation. As a scientist, Senator Blakeslee is published in numerous peer-reviewed academic journals.

While in the Legislature, Blakeslee formed E3, the Republican Task Force on Energy, Environment and the Economy. During his four years as Chair of E3, Blakeslee worked closely with industry leaders and the environmental community to craft legislative proposals and cross party lines and voted in support of key legislation that promoted cleantech, helped prevent oil spills, established incentives for reduced mobile source emissions, supported advanced technologies to better utilize scarce water resources and promoted green chemistry.

The work of E3 and its members has been noted in broadly distributed periodicals such as the San Francisco Chronicle and LA Times, in political blogs including the California Progress Report and the Flash Report, and on industry and environmental websites like the CMTA and CLCV.