Cedarville Is in the House (and Senate)

Alumni grads legislative fellowship

Stephanie Baker '11, Marcus Benjamin ’11, Krista West '11, and Andrew Vitaliti '10 have a 13-month fellowship with the Ohio Legislative Service Commission. Photo credit: Jenna Mann, Ohio House

by Carol Lee

June 18, 2012

For more than 40 years, the Ohio Legislative Service Commission has sponsored a 13-month fellowship to give recent college graduates practical experience in the legislative process. The program in Columbus, Ohio, accepts about 20 fellows each year, and this year’s cohort includes four Cedarville graduates.

Serving in the Ohio Senate:
Stephanie Baker ’11 assists three senators in the Ohio Senate Republican caucus where she works on the Finance Committee and the State and Local Government and Veterans Affairs Committee. “The best part of the experience is being part of making history,” she said.

Marcus Benjamin ’11 is an assistant to the legislative aide and administrative aide in four Republican Senate offices. His responsibilities — including constituent relations, legislative research, and transcribing committee hearings — are teaching him about the daily operation of state government and public administration.

Serving in the Ohio House of Representatives:
Krista West ’11 works in the majority communications department. “It’s exciting to help craft the messages legislators will present to their constituents,” she said. “This experience has provided unique insight into where the rubber meets the road in state politics and its direct effect on Ohio’s citizens.”

Andrew Vitaliti ’10 helps two representatives stay connected to the constituents in their districts. “I’m interested in politics,” he said, “and this fellowship allows me to see what state and local government is all about.”