Dye sponsors Spokane County teen as page in state House of Representatives

Nathan DeRuwe, a student from Central Valley High School in Spokane County, recently spent a week on the Capitol campus to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives. His legislative sponsor was 9th District Rep. Mary Dye.

“It was an absolute pleasure to sponsor Nathan. He has a passion for state government and it showed during his time at the Legislature,” said Dye, R-Pomeroy. “He was very engaged in the legislative process, understanding what we as lawmakers do on a daily basis, and expanding his knowledge on how state government works. He has a bright future ahead of him.”

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

“This is my first experience with the state Legislature. I thank Rep. Dye for mentoring me during my week on the Capitol campus,” said Nathan. “Serving as a page was such a valuable experience. I recommend every teen interested in politics and their state government apply for this program. You won’t regret it.”

“In today’s educational instruction, civic education is oftentimes lost. Our House page program really allows teens to grasp the understanding of the civic process and their state government,” continued Dye. “This program is an important way to teach the hands-on civic lessons to the next generation. I am glad Nathan enjoyed his time at the Capitol and I am grateful for his service.”

Each year, students from around the state apply to participate in the legislative page program. Students spent a week attending page school, learning the inner workings of state government and assisting legislators on the House floor. Pages earn $35 a 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