Rep. Andrew Barkis sponsors Puyallup teen as page in state House of Representatives

Sixteen-year-old Tillman Moen, a student from Graham Kapowsin High School, recently spent one week in Olympia serving as a page in the state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by 2nd District Rep. Andrew Barkis.

“It was an honor to sponsor Tillman,” said Barkis, R-Olympia. “He is a smart and driven young man with an amazing future ahead of him. I hope he enjoyed his time at the Legislature and spending some time with me on the Hill. ”

Tillman's 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, he attended page school to learn and understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. By week's end, he had the opportunity to write a bill for a mock committee hearing in front of his fellow pages.

“The page program is so important,” continued Barkis. “Civic education is a valuable aspect of our state's curriculum. The page program is a great way to give our students hands-on experience to truly understand how their state government works.”

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.

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