JUDEO-CHRISTIAN CAUCUS LEGISLATOR ENDORSEMENTS FOR CALIFORNIA
SENATOR SHANNON GROVE
Senator 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 a member of the Senate Committee on Health.
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.
Senator Mike Morell
Senator Mike Morrell was born and raised in California. He was married here, raised his family here, and opened two corporations here, Provident Home Loans and Provident Realty, both incorporated in 1989.
Senator Morrell now represents California’s 23rd State Senate District. He serves on seven Senate committees, including as Vice Chair of the Committee on Housing and the Committee on Labor, Public Employment and Retirement.
Senator Morrell regularly receives high marks from the National Federation of Independent Business and the California Chamber of Commerce. He has also been named Legislator of the Year by the Military Officers Association of America.
Senator Morrell and his wife, Joanie, have been married for 41 years and have three adult children. Their daughter Kristen’s first priority is her family and she also teaches on American exceptionalism at Arizona Christian University. Their oldest son, David, works as a legal counsel in Washington, D.C. Matthew, their youngest, is the operations manager at the Kirby Center, Hillsdale College’s constitutional think tank, also in the nation’s capital.
SENATOR BRIAN JONES
Senator Brian W. Jones was elected in 2018 to serve the people of California’s 38th Senate district. Prior to serving in the Senate, Jones was a Santee City Council Member for eight years from 2001 to 2010 then again from 2017 to 2018. Jones was the representative for the 71st Assembly District from 2010 to 2016.
Jones grew up in the district and attended Santee Elementary, Cajon Park Middle School, and Santana High School. He continued his education at Grossmont College before earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration at San Diego State University.
Some of the legislative priorities during his Assembly years were lowering taxes, improving the economic development for small businesses, supporting our Armed Forced and veterans, removing unnecessary red tape, and protecting the Second Amendment right. Jones' legislative achievements include the introduction and co-authorship of "Made in America" legislation, which makes it easier for manufacturers to do business in California, legislation to support the expanding craft beverage industry in California, and legislation allowing non-motorized vehicles such as scooters, bicycles, and wheelchairs in skate parks. He became well known for his annual 2nd Amendment Awareness event, which educated his constituents on the Second Amendment rights and related state legislation and gave attendees opportunities to learn how to control a firearm safely or improve their accuracy.
Jones’ commitment to the quality of Californians’ lives resulted in many awards including, California Rifle and Pistol Association Outstanding Leader (2016), the Civil Justice Association of California Civil Justice Leadership Award (2015), the California Society for Respiratory Care Legislator of the Year (2015), the California Chiropractor Association Chiropractic Champion Award (2014), Lakeside Chamber of Commerce Legislator of the Year (2014), and Tech America's "Tech Champion" (2012).
Jones is married to his wife of 26 years, Heather. They enjoy spending time with their three children, Christopher, Melina, and Matthew.
ASSEMBLYWOMAN MARIE WALDRON
Assembly Woman Marie Waldron: Over the past 30 years, Marie Waldron has been actively involved in her North San Diego County region. As a local business owner for 25 years, she understands the economic impacts of burdensome government regulation and spending on taxpayers and small businesses.
Elected to the California State Assembly in 2012, Marie Waldron serves as Assembly Republican Leader, the highest ranking Assembly Republican. She is known as a strong advocate for patient access to health care, opioid/substance use and mental health treatment. She is a member of the Mental Health caucus, the Prevention Support Team of Mental Health Systems-North Inland Community Prevention Program, and has served on the Assembly Health Committee, the Select Committee on Health Care Delivery & Universal Coverage, and the Select Committee on Infectious Disease in High Risk Communities.
She is currently serving on the Stanford 5 Year Initiative on Neuroscience, a working group to foster communication between policymakers and researchers regarding mental health, addiction and opioid drugs.
Marie is a former member of the San Diego County Opioid Task Force, and has been honored as "Legislator of the Year" from both the CA Life Sciences Association and the California Chronic Care Coalition.