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Sen. Scott Wilk. (Photo: wilkforca.com)

Senator Scott Wilk Chosen As Next Senate Republican Leader

Sen. Wilk to take over position from Senator Shannon Grove

By Evan Symon, January 20, 2021 9:35 pm

On Wednesday, Senator Scott Wilk (R- Santa Clarita) was unanimously chosen by Senate Republicans as the next Senate Republican leader.

Senator Wilk will take over for current Senate Republican leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield), who had made the announcement on Wednesday she will continue as leader for a few weeks while the two Senators prepare change roles.

“With the start of a new legislative session, I know Senator Wilk will do an outstanding job leading the caucus as we face the many challenges that lie ahead,” said Senator Grove on Wednesday. “It has been an honor to serve as the Senate Republican Leader and fight for Californians who far too often do not have their voices heard in the Capitol. I look forward to continue working with Senator Wilk, the Republican Caucus, and members of the Senate as we restore the California dream.”

Senator Shannon Grove. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

Senator Wilk also had remarks on being selected Wednesday.

“Thank you to my colleagues for their faith in my vision for leading our caucus, said Senator Wilk. “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 are committed to putting the middle back in middle class by improving economic opportunities for all Californians, restoring faith in government, and ensuring our children and families receive the support they need to succeed. 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.”

A growing push for a more moderate Republican Senate leader, losses of seats under Senator Grove’s leadership, as well as recent successes of Wilk’s, including a win in a highly contested district in November, led to Senator Wilk be chosen over Senator Grove

“There had been some grumblings about the GOP wanting someone moderate and more in line to where the party has seen recent success,” explained “Dana”, a Capitol staffer, to the Globe. “Grove is a bit more to the right, saw the party lose Senate seats, and recently got in trouble over some Tweets she made. So this is their way of adjusting post-2020. They are looking to get back more House seats in two years, and may very well have the Governor’s seat. This change is just a part of that. We’ve seen it happen before.”

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats have kept Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) as the Senate pro Tem.
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7 thoughts on “Senator Scott Wilk Chosen As Next Senate Republican Leader

  1. “If” Biden stays in office there will be no need for elections. Dominon will pick who the globalist want, it won’t matter.. I don’t understand why people are so calm, China literally stole America HELLO? FIGHT BACK!

  2. Another so called moderate republican- translated as a rino dem. This is why I and so many others will never vote for any repub again.

    1. There are 11 members of my immediate family who AGREE with you. We will not give our vote or money to any GOP Candidate ever again. They are RINOs and that goes for Kevin McCarthy too.

    2. So what is your plan? Lose more seats and join the Independents or Libertarians? We need to vet our GOP candidates better by asking questions and going to townhalls and staying engaged. We have not done that and that is why we end up with RINOS with no backbone..

    3. You must live in Nor Cal or something. Scott Wilk represents the Antelope Valley up in the desert northeast of LA, the same district George and Sharon Runner represented. RINOS don’t make it out of the primary there.

  3. The Democratic Party and when it is not outright lying it is totally corrupt but at least they “hang together”. Republican are morally Bi-Polar with few who have any spine. I have given up on both parties.

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