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.


Washington State House Republican Communications