Friday, March 10, 2017
|Lily Williamson with Sen. Chase|
Lily Williamson, 14, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of February 27, the eighth week of the 2017 Legislative Session.
“Lily is passionate about government,” said Sen. Maralyn Chase. “It was inspiring to see her passion and I hope she enjoyed her time in Olympia.”
During their week at the Capitol, pages learn about the legislative process while assisting senators and staff. They hear lectures from guest speakers and attend page school where they create their own bills in a mock committee setting. Williamson proposed legislation that would abolish the death penalty.
“Mock was really interesting,” said Williamson. “You have to be able to compromise.”
Pages have many responsibilities during the week that take them all around the Capitol campus and give them access to places restricted to the general public. Their short journeys give the pages the opportunity to meet and speak with many people.
Williamson encourages her peers to take advantage of this opportunity while they still can and apply early to make sure they can reserve a spot.
“Everyone should do this,” said Williamson. “I had a great time.”
Williamson is in eighth grade at Einstein Middle School. She is looking forward to sharing her experience with her friends and family.
Lily is the daughter of John and Melissa Williamson of Shoreline. John reports that Lily is so inspired by her experience as a page that she now is planning to run for office someday, and she has asked her parents to postpone their family vacation trip so they can all attend the upcoming Shoreline Town Hall instead.