Sacramento - Senator Scott Wilk, representing the 21st Senate District announced he was unanimously selected Senate Republican Leader, replacing Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) who announced she was stepping down. Leader Grove will continue to work with Senator Wilk and Senate pro Tem Toni Atkins as a productive member of the Senate.
Leader-elect Wilk issued the following statement:
“Thank you to my colleagues for their faith in my vision for leading our caucus. California is facing unprecedented challenges and Senate Republicans stand ready with solutions. For everyday Californians there is no greater priority than the pandemic - the health crisis it has created, its economic devastation and educational challenges for our students.
“Senate Republicans stand united in putting the middle back in middle class by improving the economic opportunities for all Californians, restoring faith in government and ensuring our children and families receive the support they need to succeed. Republicans have tirelessly advocated for reforms at EDD, science based approaches to curbing the spread of COVID, help for those impacted by shutdowns and streamlined approaches to both COVID testing and vaccination rollouts but much is left to be done.
“We appreciate and thank Senator Grove for her leadership during an unprecedentedly difficult time. Her hard work, heart and commitment to California are to be commended.”