Shannon Lee Grove
Born: March 18, 1965 in Bakersfield, CA
Married: Rick Grove (m. 2007)
Children: Taryn, Kristin, Payden, Ricki and Kylie
Military Service: ARMY
2012: Proponent, "Citizen Legislature Now Initiative" [Initiative 1566] (Failed to Qualify)
2019-2021: Minority Leader, California State Senate
2020: Member, Governor's Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery
2020: Candidate for Presidential Elector for Donald Trump (Lost)
- According to our research, Grove was the first female California state legislator to have served in the military. Another, Lucy Killea, was not actually in the military but served as a civilian employee of the Army in a stateside Military Intelligence unit during World War II.
- LEGISLATION: Author of SB 14 (Chapt. XXX, Statutes of 2023) which reclassified child sex trafficking as a serious felony. This was arguably the most contentious bill of 2023, it passed the State Senate on a 40-0 vote but failed passage in the Assembly Public Safety Committee (2 Ayes, 0 Noes). After significant public debate, SB 14 was reheard and approved by the Public Safety committee, passing the full Assembly on a 80-0 vote.
- OPEN GOVERNMENT: In August 2011, Grove was one of the first three legislators to release their office budgets to the public. Freshman Republicans Tim Donnelly, Grove, and Kristin Olsen released up-to-date reports of their expenditures after Rules Committee chair Nancy Skinner declined to release the current reports, citing the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).
- REMOTE VOTING: One of ten legislators (all Republican Senators) who have attended a floor session remotely using teleconferencing equiptment (August 28-31, 2020).
Source: California Legislature Handbook (2011-12)