what can happen

after CALIFORNIA girls state?

California Girls State has provided a valuable learning ground for hundreds of thousands of accomplished women. It instilled in these women a deeper understanding of government operations. They left the program less intimidated by government, able to see it for what it is - ordinary people working for the betterment of society.

Some past California Girls State citizens and staff include:

  • Nancy Brown Park: American Legion Auxiliary National President 2013-2014

  • Jane Pauley: Broadcast Journalist

  • Ann Richards: Former Governor of Texas

  • Jessica Mitchell: VP of Design/Director of Apparel for Liz Claiborne

  • Barbara Cubin: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Wyoming

  • Michelle Johnson, Brigadier General : First Female Wing Commander, U.S. Air Force Academy and current deputy director of the Joint Staff's War on Terrorism, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate at the Pentagon

  • Connie Morella: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland

  • Terri Utley: Former Miss U.S.A. 1982

  • Kate Shindle: Former Miss America 1998, Actress, Singer, Dancer

  • Jennifer Dunn: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington

  • Michele Jackman*: US Army Service Award, the Civilian Service Medal and government agencies trainer

  • Sandra Dorsey Rice*: Vice President, Emma Bowen Foundation

  • Jessica Carroll, 2nd Lieutenant: Tennessee National Guard Airman of the Year for 2009

  • Becky Skillman: Lt. Governor of Indiana

  • Connie Lawson: Indiana Congresswoman

  • Erika Dunlap: Miss America 2004; participant on Amazing Race 15

  • Lynne Cheney: Wife of Vice President Richard Cheney

  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, South Dakota

  • Kaye Bye: 2-time US Women's Hockey Team medalist (Gold 1998, Silver 2002)

  • Leeza Gibbons: Talk show host and reporter

Bolded names are former/current California Girls Staff and names with a * are former Girls Nation Senators.

If you are an alumna and would like to join the California Girls State Alumnae Foundation, please visit their website. The primary purpose of the California Girls State Alumnae Foundation is to support and promote the American Legion Auxiliary's California Girls State program and its alumnae.