Minority Status

Minority Status


Resolute leadership for a floundering GOP

Assemblywoman Connie Conway, a Tulare County Republican, made her presence felt immediately in the California Legislature. First elected in 2008, Conway’s GOP colleagues unanimously voted her Assembly Minority Leader barely two years later. Since then, the affable, plainspoken Conway, whose 34th Assembly District is the largest in California, has helped craft her party’s agenda with a dominant focus on easing government regulations and improving the state’s business climate. But while Republicans recently have made historic gains in Congress and statehouses across the country, California’s GOP has plummeted in both membership and political power, including being shut out of every statewide elected office. We sat down with Conway recently to discuss these challenges. (click to continue reading)

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