Northwest NEWS

May 15, 2000

Valley Special

legislative page

Claire Cordner serves as page

   Sen. Bill Finkbeiner (R-Kirkland) and Claire Cordner take time for a photograph on the floor of the Washington State Senate.

   Claire, age 14, is a 9th grade student at Kirkland Junior High School, where she is active in soccer, choir, and drama. Claire had the opportunity to experience politics in person when she served as a Senate Page during the 2000 Legislative Session. Claire is the daughter of Catherine and Bob Cordner of Carnation.

   Each year, senators sponsor a number of junior and senior high school pages. The students spend their week assisting on the Senate floor during discussions, delivering messages to other offices, and providing general assistance to legislative stafff; in addition, they spend part of each day attending page school, learning about the legislative process.