Goldendale youth goes to Olympia, serves as state House page

Elizabeth Pittman, the daughter of Melissa Beem of Goldendale and Clinton Pittman of The Dalles, traveled to Olympia January 24 to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives. She was sponsored by her 14th district Rep. Gina McCabe, R-Goldendale.

“It was my pleasure to sponsor Elizabeth. I know she had a great time and it was a fantastic opportunity for her, ” said McCabe. “She did her job well, and I'm excited to see what Elizabeth will do with this experience back home.”

As a page, Elizabeth learned to navigate the numerous buildings on the Capitol campus to deliver messages and other important documents to legislators and staff. She spent a part of each day attending page school: studying the inner workings of state government and learning from Representatives about their duties and responsibilities. On the House floor Elizabeth also assisted Representatives and took part in certain ceremonies.

At the end of the week, Elizabeth co-wrote a bill requiring those seeking an abortion to undergo a counseling session before the operation. In her downtime, she found the time to squeeze in some singing and dancing, some of her favorite activities at home.

Each year, students from around the state like Elizabeth 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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