|California State Senate, District 14|
|August 12, 2013 - Present|
|December 2, 2018|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||July 23, 2013|
|Next general||November 6, 2018|
|Term limits||12 years|
|High school||Redwood High School (1984)|
|Bachelor's||Animal Business, Texas Tech University|
|Place of birth||Visalia, CA|
|Profession||Farmer & Rancher|
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.
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|
Vidak's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
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.
|California State Senate, District 14, General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Andy Vidak Incumbent||54.1%||54,251|
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.
|California State Senate, District 16, Special Election, 2013|
In 2014, Vidak's endorsements included the following:
- 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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- California State Legislature
- California State Senate
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- Profile from the California State Senate
- Official campaign website
- Profile from Open States: State Senate
- Profile from Open States: Full Legislative Profile
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Andy Vidak on Facebook
- vidakforsenate, "Biography," accessed September 19, 2014
- vidakforsenate.com, "On The Issues," accessed September 19, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2014 Primary election candidate list," accessed March 27, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed July 15, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official general election results," accessed December 14, 2014
- KBPS.org, "Special Election Set To Fill State Senate Vacancy," March 8, 2013
- sos.ca.gov, "Senate District 16 Special Primary Election - May 21, 2013," accessed April 8, 2013
- turnto23.com, "Andy Vidak wins 16th State Senate district special election," May 22, 2013
- bakersfieldnow.com, "Dramatic turn in special election as Vidak falls below 50 percent of vote," May 24, 2013
- visaliatimesdelta.com, "Perez concedes state Senate election to Vidak," July 25, 2013 (dead link)
- sos.ca.gov, "Official primary election results," accessed November 18, 2013
- sos.ca.gov, "Official special election results," accessed November 18, 2013
- vidakforsenate.com, "Endorsements," accessed September 19, 2014
- StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
- StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
Tom Berryhill (R)
|California State Senate District 14
| Succeeded by|
Michael J. Rubio (D)
|California State Senate District 16
| Succeeded by|
Jean Fuller (R)