Sponsored by his 25th District Rep. Hans Zeiger, James Lo travelled to Olympia the week of March 6-10 to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives.
The page program is designed to educate students on the legislative process and expose them to the work being done at their state capital. James learned to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus while delivering messages and documents to legislators and staff. He assisted representatives on the House floor during debate and voting, and spent time with his representative.
“It was my pleasure to sponsor James in the House page program. It is important our young people take an interest in how their state government works,” said Rep. Zeiger, Puyallup. “James is a bright individual and I hope he continues to stay engaged in state government as he continues his education.”
James is the son of Joan Keltyen-Lo and Peter Lo.
During his week in Olympia James attended page school every day to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. As a culminating project, he co-wrote a piece of legislation that would close the STEM job gap in Washington state by offering partial scholarships for community college students majoring in STEM related fields, with the funding coming from increasing the tax on marijuana. James presented the bill in a mock committee hearing and convinced his fellow pages to pass the bill.
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. Pages earn $35 per day while serving in the program. For more information about the House page program, visit: http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx.