Auburn teen serves as page in state House of Representatives

Ethan Larsen, a student from Penn Foster High School, recently had the opportunity to spend time on the Capitol campus to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives. 31st District Rep. Eric Robertson sponsored him.

“It was a great pleasure sponsoring Ethan. He’s a great young man. I hope he enjoyed his week at the Capitol making new friends, learning the ropes of his state government, and being a great addition to the House of Representatives,” said Robertson, R-Sumner. “The page program is so important because it teaches students how our state government operates. Hands-on civic education is a crucial aspect of our state’s curriculum.”

Ethan is the son of James and Karen Larsen of Auburn. His interests and hobbies include snowboarding, gaming, and hiking.

As a page, Ethan learned to navigate the many buildings around the Capitol, delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff, and assisted on the House floor. A few hours a day, Ethan attended page school to learn and understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. By week’s end, he had the opportunity to co-write a bill for a mock committee hearing in front of his fellow pages.

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 $50 a day and can earn up to 20 hours of community service 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