Yakima high schooler serves as page in state House

Karen Lopez-Ramirez, a student from Eisenhower High School, traveled to Olympia  and served as a page in the state House of Representatives the week of April 20-24. She was sponsored by her 14th District Rep. Gina McCabe, R-Goldendale.

“The page program is an excellent way for students from around the state to come to Olympia to learn how our state government operates,” said McCabe. “It is always a pleasure to sponsor students from my district as pages. I hope Karen had a great time here this week, and made lasting friendships with the other pages. I am grateful for her service within the Legislature.”

Karen is the daughter of Pepe Luis and Leticia Lopez. She is an animal lover, would like to go to school for psychology, and hopes to work at a children's hospital.

During her time as a page, Karen attended page school every day to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. Her time at the Capitol culminated with the presentation of her mock bill which addressed the issue of police body cameras. Under her bill, all police would be required to wear body cameras, in an effort to keep officers and citizens safe.

As part of her page duties, Karen learned to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus and delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff.

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.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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