Senator Vidak Welcomes Senate Fellow Benjamin Granholm to Team Vidak

Encourages Others in the Valley to Apply for the 2017-2018 Program
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) is pleased to announce that Senate Fellow Benjamin “Ben” Granholm has joined Team Vidak in his Capitol Office.  The Senate Fellows program provides college graduates an opportunity to become full-time Senate staff members in Sacramento for 11 months.

“We are so excited to welcome Ben to Team Vidak,” said Vidak.  “Ben’s education in agriculture and rural upbringing strengthen our ability to serve the people of Senate District 14.”

Born and raised in Grass Valley, Granholm’s northern California roots provided him an opportunity to get involved with the local 4-H and FFA Programs. Through these programs, he developed a passion for the agriculture industry. That passion led him to attend California State University, Fresno where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education with an emphasis in Agriculture Business. Granholm spent a semester in D.C. working for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council as a public policy intern working on behalf of producers across the United States.

“Attending Fresno State gave me an incredible opportunity to continue learning and developing my passion in the heart of the agriculture industry,” said Granholm.  “As a Senate Fellow, the chance to be part of Senator Vidak’s team and work on behalf of the constituents of the Central Valley is a true honor. I can’t wait to gain a deeper understanding of the legislative process and work to improve our great state.”

Senate Fellows are assigned to the personal or committee staff of a senator and also participate in academic seminars with senators, senior staff, journalists, lobbyists and state government officials. Fellows experience a broad range of activities including researching public policy issues, developing legislative proposals, analyzing and staffing legislation, assisting with constituent services and participating in meetings as the senator’s representative.

Fellows are paid a stipend of $2,627 per month, plus health, vision and dental benefits.  They also earn six units of graduate credit from Sacramento State for the academic portion of the program.  The deadline to apply for the 2017-18 Program is February 13, 2017.  For more information, please visit

Former Senate Fellows include current members of Congress and the California Legislature, judges and numerous other elected officials and community leaders.

“If you have a passion for public service and a commitment to making a difference, like Ben, I encourage you to apply for the upcoming program,” said Vidak.

Senate Fellow Benjamin Granholm
Senate Fellow Benjamin “Ben” Granholm
Photo credit: Lorie Shelley, Senate Rules Photography (Hi-Res Version)