Still, Grove points out that men dominated the Democratic Party in the Legislature for a very long time.
"When you walk down the outside of the chamber in the Senate side, you walk (past) a long line of pictures of male speakers. And then you have the current Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins as the only female leader," Grove said.
Grove and Waldron say that, together with Patterson, they can offer a better message on how Republicans will deal with issues like poverty, education and child care. And, Grove said, the three of them might be able to act as a bridge with the federal government.
"I think that, regardless of what state you're in, you have to have some type of cooperation with the federal government and the administration," Grove said.
Both Grove and Waldron said they plan to work with Democrats and each other to make sure Republicans are involved in important legislation. But that might be easier said than done. In 2017 Republican Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley lost his position as Assembly Republican leader after voting with Democrats to extend the state's cap-and-trade program. He has since started an organization aimed at steering the party toward a more moderate position.