Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) announced Tuesday that Senate Fellow Jason Muehlhoff has joined Team Vidak in his Capitol Office.
“I am excited to have Jason on our team and I’m looking forward to getting to work with him over the next year,” Vidak said. “Jason’s education in public policy and finance will be valuable as we continue to advocate for fiscal responsibility within the state government and ultimately serve the people of the Central Valley.”
Born in North Carolina and raised in southern California, Muehlhoff brings a diverse perspective to Team Vidak. He attended Biola University, where he studied political science, business administration, and theology. He worked directly with constituents as an intern in Congressman Ed Royce’s district office and helped his Biola University respond to wide-ranging legislation as a government relations specialist. His experience in multiple roles within higher education will also help Senator Vidak’s ongoing efforts to improve the quality of education within the state as member of the Senate Education Committee.
“Studying political science at Biola University confirmed my passion for public service,” said Muehlhoff. “Having the chance to join Senator Vidak’s staff and work for the residents of the Central Valley is an honor. I am excited to learn more about the legislative process and advocate for the residents in our Senate district.”
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 Monday, February 12, 2018. For more information, please visit http://www.csus.edu/calst/
Former Senate Fellows include current members of Congress and the California Legislature, judges and numerous other elected officials and community leaders.