Jordan Codington, 16, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of January 24.
Pages are typically sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. Steve Conway (D-Tacoma) sponsored Codington’s week in the Legislature.
The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The interactive learning experience includes classes focused on topics like budget writing and how a bill becomes a law, which culminates in pages creating their own bills in a mock committee setting. The educational experience is furthered by guest speakers.
“I really appreciated how friendly everyone here at the Capital is, many people including senators and representatives would stop us pages to ask us about ourselves or what we think about different bills,” said Codington.
Pages also can work on the Senate floor. Their maroon coats and credentials allow them access to all parts of the Capitol Campus.
“The most interesting thing that I’ve done this week has been working on the Senate floor and seeing how they are so relaxed and have side conversations.” added Codington.
Codington is in 11th grade at Spanaway Lake High School. In her free time she enjoys eSports club.