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Scott Wilk Named New California State Senate Leader

State Senator Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, has been unanimously selected as the next Senate Republican Leader in the California State Senate.

Wilk confirmed his selection in a statement issued Wednesday.

“Thank you to my colleagues for their faith in my vision for leading our caucus,” Wilk said. “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.”

The leadership change is expected to formally take place in the next several weeks, and current Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, is set to continue working with  Wilk and Senate pro tem Toni Atkins as a member of the Senate.

“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,” Grove said. “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.”

Last month, Wilk announced the seven state senate committees that he is set to serve on for the upcoming legislative session, which are:
  • Budget and Fiscal Review
  • Business, Professions and Economic Development
  • Education
  • Energy, Utilities and Communications
  • Governmental Organization
  • Rules
  • Transportation

Out of those seven committees, Wilk has been appointed to serve as Vice Chair for three: Education, Governmental Organization, and Rules.

“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,” Wilk said. “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.”
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Scott Wilk Named New California State Senate Leader

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