During the 66th legislative session, a number of Montana’s high school students participated in our Legislative Page Program, supervised this year in the House by Joan Krywaruchka.
Each session, the Montana Legislature offers a unique opportunity for young people to engage in the legislative process through the program. Page applicants are juniors and seniors in high school who are at least 16 years old. Pages perform a variety of duties, including assisting legislators and House and Senate staff by performing errands, delivering messages, and distributing bills, amendments and other official documents to elected officials.
Pages also have the rare opportunity to work on the floor of the House or Senate while legislation is being deliberated.
Pages typically serve for one week, working from 8 a.m. on Mondays to the close of Saturday’s session. During their time in service, they have the opportunity to meet the governor, secretary of state and other high-level officials.
This year, I had the privilege to nominate three young individuals from Helena’s House District 80. Lucas Kropp, Giselle Faber and Emilie Lenoir all performed their duties on the House floor with a great deal of professionalism and enthusiasm. We in Montana are proud of our youth and their capabilities.
On behalf of the House of Representatives, I’d like to offer my appreciation for their services and commitments to our state’s legislative process.
And to Lucas, Giselle and Emilie: It was a pleasure to work with you, and I look forward to getting updates. I miss your smiling faces!
Rep. Becky Beard, R-Elliston, represents House District 80 in the Montana Legislature.