Olympia teen serves as page in state House of Representatives

Rhett Nelson, a student from North Thurston High School, recently had the opportunity to spend time on the Capitol campus to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by 2nd District Rep. Andrew Barkis.

“It was an absolute privilege to sponsor Rhett. I hope he had fun hanging out with me, making new friends, and learning about the House of Representatives,” said Barkis, R-Olympia. “The page program is so important as it teaches students how our state government operates. Hands-on civic education is an important aspect of our state's curriculum. I truly hope Rhett enjoyed his week under the dome.”

Rhett is the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Nelson. He enjoys tennis, hiking, and playing with his pets.

As a page, Rhett learned to navigate the many buildings around the Capitol, delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff, and assisted on the House floor. A few hours a day, Rhett attended page school to learn and understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. By week's end, he had the opportunity to co-write a bill for a mock committee hearing in front of his fellow pages.

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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