Walla Walla teen serves as page in state House of Representatives

Edward Ellingford, a student at Walla Walla High School, recently traveled to Olympia to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives. Rep. Skyler Rude was his legislative sponsor.

“It was a great pleasure sponsoring Edward,” said Rude, R-Walla Walla. “He's a great kid and politically engaged. I hope he enjoyed his week at the Capitol making new friends, learning the ropes at the Legislature. I know he represented the 16th district well.”

As a page, Edward learned to navigate the many buildings around the Capitol campus, delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff, and assisted on the House floor. He attended page school each day to learn and understand the operations of the Legislature. By week's end, Edward had the opportunity to put his knowledge to the test and present a bill to his fellow pages in a mock hearing.

“The Washington legilsature is one of the few legislative bodies that still offers a page program,” continued Rude. “Civic education is an important part of our state's curriculum. The best way to see how our government works is through hands-on experience. Edward had the opportunity to learn by serving.”

Each year, students from around the state apply to participate in the legislative page program. Students spend a week attending page school, learning the inner workings of state government and assisting legislators on the House floor. Pages earn $35 a day while serving in the program.

To become a page, applicants must have a legislative sponsor, be between the ages of 14 and 16, and obtain written permission from their parents and school. For more information about the House page program, click here.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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