Timothy Jasa, sophomore at Academy Northwest, spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Timothy was one of 11 students who served as Senate pages for the second week of the 2018 legislative session.
He was sponsored by 7th Legislative District Sen. Shelly Short.
While Timothy was sponsored by Sen. Short, he had the opportunity to work in Sen. John Braun’s office. This kind of flexibility allows more students to participate in the page program.
“I really enjoyed sponsoring Timothy and meeting him while he paged for the Senate this week!” Sen. Short said. “The Page Program is a great way for students to learn about how the Legislature operates and see it in action.”
The Senate Page Program is an opportunity for Washington students to spend a week working in the Legislature. Students are responsible for transporting documents between offices, as well as delivering messages and mail. Pages spend time in the Senate chamber and attend page school to learn about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process. Students also draft their own bills and engage in a mock session.
Timothy said that being on the Senate floor was really interesting, especially “delivering notes to the senators,” which was his favorite part. He was surprised to learn “how many places a bill can be shut down during the legislative process.”
Timothy enjoys cross country and auto mechanics.
Timothy, 15, is the son of Robert and Jocelin Jasa of Winlock.
Students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to visit: http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/ .