Connie Conway

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Connie Conway
Rep. Connie Conway congressional portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 22nd district
Assumed office
June 14, 2022
Preceded byDevin Nunes
Minority Leader of the California State Assembly
In office
December 6, 2010 – November 6, 2014
Preceded byMartin Garrick
Succeeded byKristin Olsen
Member of the California State Assembly
In office
December 1, 2008 – November 30, 2014
Preceded byBill Maze
Succeeded byDevon Mathis
Constituency
Member of the
Tulare County Board of Supervisors
from the 2nd district
In office
January 9, 2001 – November 18, 2008
Preceded byMel Richmond
Succeeded byPete Vander Poel
Personal details
Born
Connie Marie Conway

(1950-09-25) September 25, 1950 (age 72)
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse
Craig Vejvoda
(m. 2014)
Children2
Education
WebsiteHouse website

Connie Marie Conway (born September 25, 1950)[1] is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for California's 22nd congressional district since 2022. She served as a member of the California State Assembly from 2008 to 2014. Before that, Conway was a member of the board of supervisors for Tulare County from 2001 until 2008. She is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life and career[edit]

Conway was born in Bakersfield, California.[2] She attended the College of the Sequoias[3] and California State University, Fresno.[4] Her father, John Conway, served on the Tulare County Board of Supervisors from 1981 until his death in 1991.[5]

From 1988 to 1991, Conway worked as a wellness coordinator at the Kaweah Delta Medical Center. From 1991 to 1994, she worked at Sweet's Home Medical. From 1994 to 2000, Conway worked as a district manager at CorVel Corporation.[2]

Tulare County Board of Supervisors[edit]

Conway served on the Tulare County Board of Supervisors for eight years. She also chaired the board in 2005 and 2008. Conway also chaired the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, an appointment she received from the governor. The partnership works to improve the economy and quality of life in the San Joaquin Valley by making policy recommendations to the governor. In 2006, Conway served as president of the California State Association of Counties, which represents California's 58 counties at the state and federal levels. She later became a director of the National Association of Counties, chaired its membership committee, and worked on its economic development committee.[citation needed]

California State Assembly[edit]

Conway entered the 2008 election to succeed termed-out Bill Maze in the California State Assembly.[6] In the primary, she faced two candidates, Rebecca Maze (the incumbent's wife) and Bob Smith, a retired sheriff's deputy, and won.[7]

After her reelection to the Assembly on November 2, 2010, Conway was elected by her Republican colleagues as the Assembly Republican Leader after a closed-door meeting of Assembly Republicans on November 4. She said that outgoing Minority Leader Martin Garrick had voluntarily stepped down and she had been elected unanimously. Conway was the first woman to serve as GOP assembly leader since 1981.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2022 special[edit]

Conway was a candidate in the 2022 special election in California's 22nd congressional district to replace Devin Nunes, who stepped down in January 2022.[9] In the April nonpartisan blanket primary, she advanced to a runoff against Democrat Lourin Hubbard.[10] On June 7, 2022, Conway defeated Hubbard in the runoff election.[11]

Tenure[edit]

Conway was sworn in on June 14.[12]

On July 19, 2022, Conway voted against the Respect for Marriage Act, which would protect the right to same-sex marriage at a federal level.[13][14]

On August 12, 2022, Conway voted against the Inflation Reduction Act.[15]

Conway is not running for reelection in November 2022.[16]

Committee Assignments[17][edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rep. Connie Conway (R-California, 22nd)". June 15, 2022. Retrieved June 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Connie Conway's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  3. ^ Hernandez, Luis. "COS Hall of Fame welcomes eight more members". VisaliaTimesDelta.com.
  4. ^ "Connie Conway". July 21, 2015.
  5. ^ Group, Sinclair Broadcast (March 26, 2010). "Connie Conway-34th Assembly District". KMPH.
  6. ^ VILLICANA, SARAH ELIZABETH. "Conway throws hat into Assembly race". Porterville Recorder.
  7. ^ FAISON, GLEN. "Conway outlasts GOP field in 34th Assembly District race". Porterville Recorder.
  8. ^ Walker, Mark (November 4, 2010). "Garrick out as GOP Assembly leader". North County Times. Retrieved November 5, 2010.
  9. ^ Ward, James. "Candidate to replace Devin Nunes drops out of race, making GOP's Conway clear frontrunner". VisaliaTimesDelta.com.
  10. ^ "Former GOP legislative leader Connie Conway advances to runoff to replace Devin Nunes". Los Angeles Times. April 6, 2022.
  11. ^ "Connie Conway is going to Washington D.C., wins Nunes' seat in Congress". Visalia Times Delta.
  12. ^ Schnell, Mychael (June 14, 2022). "California Rep. Conway sworn in to finish Nunes's House term". The Hill. Yahoo! News. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  13. ^ Bobic, Igor (July 19, 2022). "These 157 House Republicans Voted Against Protections For Same-Sex Marriage".
  14. ^ Lai, Stephanie (July 20, 2022). "House Moves to Protect Same-Sex Marriage From Supreme Court Reversal".
  15. ^ Tran, Candy Woodall, Katherine Swartz and Kenneth. "House passes Inflation Reduction Act, sends it to Biden". USA TODAY. Retrieved August 15, 2022.
  16. ^ Balekian, Alexan (February 6, 2022). "Former Trump appointee looking to fill Nunes' congressional seat will not seek reelection if successful in CA-22 special election". Your Central Valley. Retrieved June 7, 2022.
  17. ^ "Committees". Representative Connie Conway. January 3, 2021. Retrieved August 17, 2022.

External links[edit]

California Assembly
Preceded by Member of the California State Assembly
from the 34th district

2008–2012
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the California State Assembly
from the 26th district

2012–2014
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minority Leader of the California Assembly
2010–2014
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 22nd congressional district

2022–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by United States representatives by seniority
426th
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