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, Continental Labor and Staffing Resources, with her sister-in-law in 1993. Grove currently serves as the CEO of the company which serves Bakersfield and Ridgecrest.
Prior to her election to the State Senate, from 2010 to 2016, Shannon served as the State Assemblywoman from the 34th District. 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.
Shannon currently lives in Kern County with her husband, Rick. They are the proud parents of five children and six grandchildren.
Elected in November 2018, Senator Shannon Grove is the first woman veteran elected to serve in the California Legislature, and is proud to serve as the Vice-Chair for the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. Grove will also serve as the Vice-Chair for the Senate Committee on Transportation and as a member of the Senate Committees on Health, Housing, Insurance and Rules.
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.