Shannon Grove was born and raised in Kern County and is thankful for the sacrifices her single mother made to ensure she grew up in a loving environment.
After graduating from high school, Shannon served in the United States Army and was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany where she witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. This experience solidified her passionate patriotism and appreciation for the freedoms our country offers to all people.
Following her service to our nation, Shannon worked for two temporary staffing agencies. This led to her establishing her own staffing company with her sister-in-law in 1993 called Continental Labor and Staffing Resources. Grove currently serves as the CEO of the company, which serves Bakersfield and Ridgecrest.
Prior to her election to the State Senate, Shannon was the first woman veteran elected to the California Legislature as she served the 34th Assembly District from 2010 to 2016. While in the Assembly, she focused on supporting the disabled community with additional funding, fought for water funding, and increased job growth in her district.
Senator Grove was elected to represent the 16th Senate District in November of 2018. On the day of her swearing in, her Senate colleagues trusted and elected her to serve on the Senate Committee on Rules. In January of 2019, the Senate Republican Caucus unanimously voted for Senator Grove to serve as Senate Republican Leader. Grove is the third woman to lead the Caucus and is preceded by Senator Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel.
The 16th Senate District encompasses large portions of Kern, Tulare, and San Bernardino Counties including Bakersfield, Barstow, California City, Exeter, Frazier Mountain, Joshua Tree, Mojave, Needles, Ridgecrest, Rosamond, Taft, Tehachapi, Twentynine Palms, Tulare, Visalia, Yucca Valley and portions of Kern River Valley.
Shannon currently lives in Kern County with her husband, Rick. They are the proud parents of five children and six grandchildren.