Christian Witkoe recently served as a legislative page in the Washington State House of Representatives. He was sponsored by Rep. Gigi Talcott, R-Tacoma.
Christian, age 14, is the son of Ken and Grace Witkoe of Lakewood. A ninth-grader at Life Christian School, he served as Rep. Talcott’s page from Jan. 9-13.
“I’m very proud to have sponsored Christian. I hope he enjoyed his time at the Legislature and is able to share his experiences with his family, friends and schoolmates,” said Talcott. “Christian is a very engaging, bright young man with a wonderful future ahead of him. I enjoyed learning about his interest in serving our country as a U.S. Navy SEAL.”
Since 1891, young people from across the state have come to Olympia to serve as pages for the Washington State House of Representatives. Selection as a page is a great honor, as each House member may only sponsor two pages each 60-day legislative session.
As a page, Christian’s responsibilities included delivering messages and documents to legislators in their offices, committee meetings and House chambers during floor sessions. This responsibility is considered vital to the efficient operation of the Legislature.
In addition to assigned duties, Christian continued his regular schoolwork two hours a day and spent time in the legislative page school learning about state government.
Pages must be sponsored by a legislator and obtain permission from their parents and school. Most pages live with volunteer host families while in Olympia.
Students interested in becoming pages can contact Rep. Talcott directly at (360) 786-7890.
Additional information about the House Page Program can be found here.