Rep. Brad Klippert sponsors West Richland teen as page in state House of Representatives

Fifteen-year-old Saoirse Stoker, a student from West Richland, recently spent one week in Olympia serving as a page in the state House of Representatives. She was sponsored by 8th District Rep. Brad Klippert.

“It was privilege to sponsor Saoirse,” said Klippert, R-Kennewick. “She is a smart and driven young lady with an amazing future ahead of her. I hope she enjoyed her time in Olympia.”

Saoirse'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.

“This was a great week for Saoirse. She gained hands-on experience about the Legislature,” continued Klippert. “Our page program is such a robust program. There is no better way for our students and children to learn about their government than being here in the action. I hope she takes the new experiences, skills and friendships gained during her week here and applies them to her future goals.”

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.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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