Jake Ashby was elected to the New York State Assembly on April 24, 2018. His district is comprised of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. Jake continues to fight and oppose infringements of the Second Amendment. As a veteran, he is a strong voice for the men and women who serve our country and has identified strategies with local government and businesses that will help provide the best care, support, and opportunities for service members returning home. Jake believes in the need to improve infrastructure in our communities, including water issues that have plagued residents of the 107th District. Heís written and sponsored several pieces of legislation aimed to improve water quality throughout New York State. He remains committed to restoring public trust in state government and stimulating economic growth by reducing onerous rules and regulations burdening small businesses. Jake earned his commission with the United States Army Reserves serving for eight years and rising to the rank of captain. He completed combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a humanitarian mission in Africa. During his service career he earned two Bronze Star Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Combat Action Badge. He has worked as an occupational therapist and rehabilitation director for the last 17 years, and started his own community-based practice in 2014. Additionally, he works as an instructor at Maria College in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Department. Jake previously served as a Rensselaer County legislator. His family is active at St. Maryís Church. Jake is the past commander of VFW Post 7337 and is a member of the Nassau Sportsmenís Club. Jake resides in Castleton with his wife, Kristy, and their two children.