Rep. Mark Harmsworth sponsors Heatherwood Middle School student as House page
Nathan Holtzclaw, a student at Heatherwood Middle School, traveled to Olympia to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives this week. He was sponsored by Rep. Mark Harmsworth, R-Mill Creek.
“It's interesting to learn about the legislative process and how it works,” said Nathan. “My brother was a page last year, he told me how fun it was. I like meeting the other kids working in the page room and page school. And, we get paid for being here.”
Nathan enjoys camping. He is a boy scout and is currently working on earning the rank of Eagle Scout. As part of his page duties for the week, he learned to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus and delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff. He also attended page school every day to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature.
“It's always an honor to sponsor students from my district to take part in the House Page Program,” said Harmsworth. “I would like thank Nathan for his service to the House and for his willingness to come here and learn more about state government. He has a great future ahead of him. Who knows, maybe someday he'll run for elected office.”
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 to 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.
CAPTION: Rep. Mark Harmsworth, R-Mill Creek and House Page Program Nathan Holtzclaw, 2017 legislative session.
###Washington State House Republican Communications