Sutherland sponsors local student as page in state House of Representatives

Talen Dahlinger, a home-schooled student from Monroe, spent the first week of the legislative session in Olympia serving as a page in the state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by his 39th District Rep. Robert J. SutherlandR-Granite Falls.

“It is great to see young people like Talen come to Olympia to get a firsthand look at how the Legislature works,” said Sutherland. “It is important students get involved. There is a lot of focus on politics at all levels right now and we want them to have a strong understanding of the legislative process and issues before us.”

Talen is the son of Rod and Gina Dahlinger and attends the Sky Valley Education Center.

During his time as a page, Talen attended page school every day to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. As part of his page duties, Talen learned to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus and delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff.

Pages also work on a culminating project and write a piece of legislation, then present the bill in a mock committee hearing to fellow pages. Pages earn $35 per 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.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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