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Andy Vidak
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California State Senate, District 14
In office
August 12, 2013 - Present
Term ends
December 2, 2018
Years in position 2
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedJuly 23, 2013
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limits12 years
High schoolRedwood High School (1984)
Bachelor'sAnimal Business, Texas Tech University
Place of birthVisalia, CA
ProfessionFarmer & Rancher
Office website
Campaign website
Andy Vidak is a Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on July 23, 2013.


Vidak earned his B.S. in animal business from Texas Tech University. His professional experience includes owning a cherry farm, raising cattle and working as a manager for packing and farming operations.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Vidak served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2015
Banking and Financial Institutions, Vice chair
Governmental Organization
Judiciary, Vice chair


Campaign themes


Vidak's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Fighting For More Valley Jobs

  • Excerpt: "Andy Vidak earned a 100% pro-jobs rating from the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, voted against job-killing energy regulations that would interfere with oil and gas extraction plus co-authored a bill urging an extension of unemployment benefits for our struggling neighbors."

Water Is Our Lifeblood

  • Excerpt: "No one knows better than farmer Andy Vidak that our Central Valley way of life depends on building reservoirs and more water delivery projects . . . and, he’s deeply concerned that too many local communities can’t even get clean, safe drinking water for their families."

Let’s Kill High Speed Rail

  • Excerpt: "A fiscal conservative who opposes tax hikes, Andy Vidak believes high speed rail is a 'pie-in-the-sky' effort . . . that’s why he authored Senate Bill 901 that temporarily halts the sale of bullet train bonds and gives taxpayers a second chance to stop all funding for the project."

More Career & Technical Education

  • Excerpt: "With school dropout rates as high as at 60% in some of our south Valley high schools, Andy Vidak co-authored a measure that provides a 50% tax credit for people who attend vocational schools and he voted against a bill that would suspend the academic testing program."

Keep Convicts Behind Bars

  • Excerpt: "An advocate of longer prison sentences for random acts of violence, Andy Vidak is fighting the projected release of up to 52,000 state prisoners into local communities across our state . . . that’s why he supported a new state law that keeps dangerous felons off our streets."



See also: California State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Andy Vidak (R) and Luis Chavez (D) were unopposed in the blanket priamry. Vidak defeated Chavez in the general election.[3][4][5]

California State Senate, District 14, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Vidak Incumbent 54.1% 54,251
     Democratic Luis Chavez 45.9% 46,035
Total Votes 100,286


See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Vidak won election in a special election for California State Senate District 16. The seat was vacant following Michael J. Rubio's (D) resignation on February 22, 2013 to accept a job with Chevron. Vidak faced Francisco Ramirez (D), Leticia Perez (D), Paulina Miranda (D) and Mohammad Arif (Peace and Freedom) in the special election, which took place on May 21, 2013. As no candidate took more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters - Perez and Vidak - met in a runoff election on July 23, which Vidak won.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

California State Senate, District 16, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Vidak 51.9% 42,224
     Democratic Leticia Perez 48.1% 39,140
Total Votes 81,364



In 2014, Vidak's endorsements included the following:[13]

  • Mayor Gabriel Jimenez, City of Orange Cove
  • Mario Rodriquez, Hispanic 100
  • Mayor Rudy Mendoza, City of Woodlake
  • Al Smith, President, Fresno Chamber of Commerce
  • Mayor Harvey L. Hall, City of Bakersfield
  • Councilman Danny Espitia, City of Wasco
  • Dino Giacomazzi, President Kings County Farm Bureau
  • Councilman Lou Martinez, City of Hanford
  • Dr. Robert Allen, Rural health physician, Tulare County
  • President Lori Cardoza, College of the Sequoias Board of Trustees
  • Betty Jo Toccoli, President, California Small Business Association
  • Sheriff David Robinson, Kings County
  • Jon Coupal, President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
  • Councilman Aldo Gonzalez, City of Dinuba
  • Sheriff Margaret Mims, Fresno County
  • Rodney Spencer, Senior Pastor, City of Refuge — A New Beginning
  • Michael Durant, President, Peace Officers Research Association of California
  • Sergeant Justin Bond, Ret. United States Army, Purple Heart recipient
  • Eric Schmidt, President, Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association
  • Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims


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In 2014, the California State Legislature was in session from January 6 to August 30.[14]

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Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
Candidates for office were scored on their responses to a survey "on whether they support legislation for more disclosure on political ads and public financing of campaigns."


In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[15]

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Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Berryhill (R)
California State Senate District 14
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michael J. Rubio (D)
California State Senate District 16
August 2013-2014
Succeeded by
Jean Fuller (R)