Rep. Mary Dye sponsors Olympia teen as page in the state House of Representatives

Ruby Gruber, a student from Olympia High School, spent the week on the Capitol campus to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives. Her legislative sponsor was 9th District Rep. Mary Dye.

“It was an absolute pleasure to sponsor Ruby. She is a bright young lady and I look forward to what her future holds,” said Dye, R-Pomeroy. “She was very engaged in the legislative process and expanding her knowledge on how her state government works.”

As a page, Ruby learned to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus by delivering messages and documents to legislators and staff. She attended page school each day to learn and understand the operations of the Legislature, often directly from the representatives. Her time on campus culminated with a mock hearing amongst her page peers to present a bill she wrote.

“It was so exciting being a page!” said Ruby. “I learned so much about state government, met great people, and made new friends. I am so happy I had the opportunity at this experience.”

“The page process is an important way to teach hands-on civic lessons to the next generation,” continued Dye. “I'm glad Ruby enjoyed her time at the Capitol and I am grateful for her service.”

Ruby is the daughter of Jeannie and Jeff Gruber. She is a freshman at Olympia High School. Outside her studies, she enjoys playing soccer, running track, and spending time with her friends.

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, click here.


Washington State House Republican Communications