Washington middle schooler serves as page in state House
Jonathan Holder of Olympia had to travel up the road only a few miles on Jan. 24 to begin his week as a page in the state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by 12th District Rep. Cary Condotta.
“It is important for students to understand their state government and engage them in public service,” said Condotta, R-East Wenatchee. “Jonathan was able to see firsthand how the Legislature works. I hope he had a good time. Jonathan filled an important role and I am grateful for his service.”
Jonathan is the son of Laura and Keith Holder. In his free time he plays basketball and tennis. As part of his page duties, Jonathan learned to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus and delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff. Each day Jonathan attended page school for several hours to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature.
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 per 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, visit: http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx.
PHOTO CAPTION: Page Jonathan Holder with Rep. Cary Condotta
###Washington State House Republican Communications