Connie Conway

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Connie Conway
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
from the 26th district
34th district (2008–2012)
In office
December 1, 2008 – November 30, 2014
Preceded byBill Maze
Succeeded byDevon Mathis
Member of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors from the 2nd District
In office
December 4, 2000 – December 1, 2008
Succeeded byPete Vander Poel
Personal details
Born (1950-09-25) September 25, 1950 (age 69)
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceTulare, California

Connie Conway (born September 25, 1950) is a former Republican politician from California. She was the minority leader in the California State Assembly. Prior to serving in the Assembly, Conway served as a Tulare County Supervisor from 2000 until 2008. Conway serves on the State Board of Directors for California Women Lead, a women's nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.[1]

2008 election[edit]

Conway entered the race to succeed termed out Bill Maze. In the primary, she faced two candidates, Rebecca Maze (wife of the incumbent) and Bob Smith, a retired sheriff's deputy.

Assembly Republican Leader[edit]

Following her successful re-election to the State 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, 2010. Conway stated that outgoing Minority Leader Martin Garrick had voluntarily stepped down and she had been elected unanimously. Conway is the first woman to serve as GOP assembly leader since 1981.[2]

Early political career[edit]

Prior to serving in the Assembly, Assemblywoman Conway served on the Tulare County Board of Supervisors for 8 years. She chaired the Board in both 2005 and 2008. Assemblywoman 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, Assemblywoman 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.


Assemblywoman Conway attended, but did not graduate from, Fresno State University. Her father, John Conway also served on the Tulare County Board of Supervisors from 1981 until his death in 1991.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "California Women Lead State Board of Directors". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2011-03-02.
  2. ^ Walker, Mark (2010-11-04). "Garrick out as GOP Assembly leader". North County Times. Retrieved 2010-11-05.

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