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September 29, 2000

State Senator Patrick Johnston
Named Advisor to Senate Fellows Program

The Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento has hired outgoing State Senator Patrick Johnston (D-Stockton) as an academic advisor to the prestigious California Senate Fellows program, a partnership between the center and the State Senate.

Johnston is being termed out of the State Senate after serving 10 years. He previously served 10 years in the State Assembly. He chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee for six years and the Assembly Finance and Insurance Committee for four years.

Johnston will serve as an unpaid volunteer with the program until he completes the remainder of his term in early December.

The Senate Fellows Program is one of four fellowships that make up the Capital Fellows Program, which is administered by the center in cooperation with the state legislative, executive and judicial branches. The program provides year-long, paid government internships for college graduates.

The 18 Senate fellows are assigned to the offices of state senators, where they perform the duties of legislative staff, including bill drafting, analysis writing and public communications. In addition, they attend weekly seminars taught by CSUS faculty and receive 12 units of graduate credit. Johnston will teach the seminars as a part-time instructor in the CSUS government department.

"The Senate program and the three other capital fellows programs are the highest caliber legislative internship programs in the nation," Johnston said. "As part of the CSU Sacramento team, I look forward to adding both theoretical and practical perspectives to the fellows' educational experience."

"Senator Johnston will be an invaluable addition to the Center and the Senate Fellows Program," said Tim Hodson, executive director of the Center for California Studies. "He is not only a veteran of the Capitol but he has taught at the Goldman School of Public Policy at Berkeley. A renowned policy maker, an experienced legislator, a teacher of proven accomplishment, Johnston is ideal for the program."

Johnston is a 1968 graduate of St. Patrick's College in Menlo Park, where he majored in philosophy. This spring he completed a special master's degree in political representation at CSUS. His thesis was on "The Origins and Development of Representative Democracy in the California Legislature."

More information is available by contacting the Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906.


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