Sutherland sponsors three local students as pages in state House of Representatives

Clara Rowland, a home-schooled student from Olympia, Abigail Rowland, a home-schooled student also from Olympia, and Selena Escobar-Fowler, a student from Monroe High School, recently spent one week in Olympia serving as a pages in the state House of Representatives. 39th District Rep. Robert J. Sutherland sponsored them.

“It was a privilege to sponsor these three amazing young ladies,” said Sutherland, R-Granite Falls. “Civic education is an important aspect of our state's curriculum. The page program gives our students hands-on experience on how their state government operates. It is one of the best learning experiences. I truly hope they enjoyed their time serving in the state House of Representatives.”

Their page duties included learning to navigate the many buildings around the Capitol, delivering messages and documents to legislators and staff, and assisting on the House floor. A few hours a day, they attended page school to learn and understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. By week's end, they had the opportunity to write a bill for a mock committee hearing in front of their fellow pages.

Each year, students from around the state apply to participate in the legislative page program. Students spent 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.


Washington State House Republican Communications