Rep. Andrew Barkis sponsors son, Evan, as page in state House

Evan Barkis, a student from Aspire Middle School, spent time recently on the Capitol campus as a student page in the state House of Representatives. His father, Rep. Andrew Barkis, sponsored him.

“I was thrilled to have my son, Evan, selected as a page,” said Barkis. “He proudly represented the 2nd District by directly participating in the legislative process. He was able to get hands-on experience on what I go through every day as your state representative.”

Evan’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. He also presented the flag during opening ceremonies. A few hours a day, Evan 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 on wolves and present his mock legislation to a committee of his peers.

“It was an extremely proud father-son experience,” continued Barkis. “One morning, as I was walking down the stairs to leave for the office, Evan was sitting at the kitchen table, highlighter in hand, reading the bill he was going to propose to his fellow pages. He prepared for each day, just as I would do. I hope he enjoyed this experience alongside his dad and will one day follow in my footsteps.”

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