Shannon Grove represents the 34th Assembly District, encompassing the majority of Kern County including Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, Tehachapi, Taft and Frazier Park/Lebec. She was first elected to the California State Assembly in November 2010 and was re-elected in November 2012 by one of the largest margins of any California legislator.
Shannon was born in Bakersfield and raised in Arvin, California, where she graduated from Arvin High School. Shortly after high school, Shannon joined the United States Army serving with the Headquarters Company 5th Corps in Frankfurt, Germany. In 1993, she and her sister-in-law formed Continental Labor and Staffing Resources and today Shannon presides as Chief Executive Officer. Her company currently operates five offices in California (Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, Paso Robles, Fresno and Visalia).
Recognized for her dedication to the Kern County industries that feed, clothe, and fuel the state, Shannon was named Vice Chair of the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources. In this capacity, she is responsible for analyzing legislation relating to air and water quality, climate change, energy, and land management. Significant issues expected to come before the Committee include California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reform and legislation to regulate the oil and natural gas industry’s “fracking” extraction methods.
As the first female veteran to serve in the California State Assembly, she also has the honor of sitting on the Assembly Committee for Veterans Affairs. Her experience in the U.S. Army gives her firsthand knowledge that is instrumental to identifying and addressing the needs of those who have acted in defense of our nation.
Serving on the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace, Shannon evaluates issues that are critical to the success of the eastern Kern County aerospace industry. Shannon represents a region with a long and proud history of being on the forefront of development in this field and her role on this committee supports efforts to make California a more competitive place for aerospace companies to do business.
Shannon also serves on the Assembly Budget Committee, where she has been an outspoken advocate for fiscal responsibility and restraint. Other committee assignments include the Assembly Committee on Human Services and the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care.
Shannon has been honored with the “Free Enterprise Award” by the Western Electrical Contractors Association for her work fighting against government mandates that burden the California construction industry. She was also recognized with the “Champion of the California Merit Shop” award by six California construction trade organizations for her authorship of two measures to comprehensively reform the current state law on prevailing wage rates.
A longtime business owner, Shannon first became active in the political process to advocate for worker’s compensation reform. As a result of her two-year participation in promoting this change, she was honored with the California Legislature’s "Small Business Award" in 2005 by then-Assemblymember Kevin McCarthy.
Shannon is a member of the Brimhall Road Assembly of God. She resides in Bakersfield with her husband Rick, Operations Manager for KS Fabrication and Machine in Bakersfield. They are the parents of 5 grown children.