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Vidak, in his first week as senator, is learning the state Capitol ropes

Andy Vidak has a week under his belt as the newest state senator.

His staff is in place, he’s meeting people, and he’s finding the bathrooms in the state Capitol — “but not all of them yet,” he joked.

This week, he’s been voting on bills. He is seated next to a fellow Valley Republican — Anthony Cannella of Ceres. But, so far, he has yet to be appointed to any committees.

Andy Vidak

His chief of staff is Jim Kjol, who held that post for Jeff Denham when he was in the Senate. Kjol was most recently working for state Sen. Joel Anderson, a Republican from Alpine in east San Diego County.

“I got a warm reception from all sides up there,” Vidak said. “It’s been 14-hour days. A lot of people want to meet me. I’m enjoying it. I see some opportunity.”

Vidak, a Hanford Republican, beat Bakersfield Democrat Leticia Perez in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Democrat Michael Rubio. He will face re-election next year.

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