Oakland Bay student serves as page in state House

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Oakland Bay student serves as page in state House

Thomas Dahman of Shelton traveled to Olympia Feb. 8-12 to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by his 35th district Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn.

“It has been a pleasure and my honor to sponsor so many pages this session. Thomas is a bright young man and I hoped he enjoyed his time in the Legislature,” said Griffey. “I’m grateful for his service, and I look forward to what Thomas does with this experience in the future.”

During his time as a page, Thomas learned to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus and delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff. He also spent part of each day attending page school to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. By the end of the week, Thomas was co-writing a bill for a mock committee process with fellow pages. His group advocated for eliminating the death penalty and thanks to Thomas’ passionate speech, his bill successfully passed.

The son of Rob and Tallie Ramsfield, Thomas enjoys basketball and wresting for Oakland Bay Junior High.

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.



Washington State House Republican Communications