Rep. Paul Harris sponsors Prairie High School student as page in the state House of Representatives

Prairie High School student Rachael Hammes served as a legislative page for the state House of Representatives from Jan. 30-Feb. 3. She was sponsored by her 17th District Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver.

“Students have a great time being part of our page program and make lasting friendships,” Harris said. “However, it is also a good tool to teach the importance of civics to the next generation. I hope Rachael continues to be interested in public service. It was an honor to sponsor her.”

WA State Representative Paul Harris - Page Rachael Hammes, January 30, 2017
Prairie High School student Rachael Hammes is pictured here with Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver. Hammes served as a legislative page for the state House of Representatives from Jan. 30-Feb. 3, and was sponsored by Harris. Photo courtesy of Kurt Hammond

As a part of her page duties, Hammes navigated the many buildings on the Capitol campus, and delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff. She attended page school every day to better understand the operations and actions of the Legislature.

Each year, students from around the state apply to participate in the legislative page program. Pages earn $35 per day 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 legislative page program, visit


About The Author

Joanna Nicole Yorke is a 2010 graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in political science. Yorke is a Clark County native, growing up on her family's 12-acre farm in La Center where her family still resides today. She was previously a reporter at The Reflector Newspaper, covering the city of Battle Ground, the Battle Ground School District and a variety of other areas and topics.

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