Rep. Jesse Young sponsors Port Orchard teen as page in state House of Representatives
Naomi Cummings, a homeschooled student out of Port Orchard, recently traveled to Olympia to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives. She was sponsored by 26th District Rep. Jesse Young.
“It was great having Naomi in the Legislature as a page,” said Young, R-Gig Harbor. “She is a smart, passionate and driven young woman. I hope she enjoyed her time at the Capitol and took away as much as she gave.”
Naomi'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, she attended page school to learn and understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. By week's end, she had the opportunity to write a bill for a mock committee hearing in front of her fellow pages.
“I had a great time as a House page. I met so many great people and made new friends,” said Naomi. “It was cool to work alongside all the state representatives and gain perspective to their job in the Legislature.”
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.
###Washington State House Republican Communications