Rep. Michelle Caldier sponsors Olalla teen as page in state House

Sponsored by his 26th District Rep. Michelle Caldier, Mathew James “Jimmy” Olmstead, Jr. served as a page last month in the state House of Representatives.

The son of Matthew and Kristin Olmstead, Jimmy is an Eagle Scout and a member of the National Honor Society. He is also a scholar athlete and currently plays on the varsity football team.

During his week in Olympia, Jimmy attended page school every day to understand the operations and actions of the Legislature. As a culminating project, he co-sponsored a mock piece of legislation that would allow police officers to opt out of wearing a body camera.

“Matthew is a bright and talented individual, and I was pleased to have the opportunity to sponsor him as a House page,” said Caldier, R-Port Orchard. “I love seeing young people like Matthew taking the initiative to learn more about the legislative process through this important program.”

As pages, students learn to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus while delivering messages and documents to legislators and staff. They also assist representatives on the House floor. 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. Pages earn $35 per day while serving in the program.

For more information about the House Page Program, click here.


Washington State House Republican Communications