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Urbanna teen gets up-close look at the legislative process

Legislative page Trip Hurley in the Virginia House of Delegates. 

by Tom Chillemi

Walter “Trip” Hurley III of Urbanna, who is serving as a page in the Virginia House of Delegates, said he is thankful for a chance to be part of the legislative process.

“This has been an amazing experience that I will never forget,” said Hurley. “The connections and friends that I have made in this program I know will last forever. It has been awesome to see the process of enacting laws and be involved with the elected officials of our legislature.”

Pages such as Hurley deliver documents, packages, and other items for legislators in the Capitol. “We have two teams on rotation, one rotation team is on the floor of the House, and the other team has jobs in different offices.”

Hurley said the best part is being involved with the laws being considered. “It’s interesting to see what’s behind the scenes of our laws.”

A typical day begins with a meeting in the Page Room in the General Assembly Building at 8:30 a.m. Those pages who are on the floor do not have jobs. Instead they stay in the Page Room and run errands until the session convenes. “When we go into session, the delegates have page buttons they can press when they need something,” said Hurley.

Errands in the chamber range from getting delegates their lunch, getting signatures, printing vote records, and retrieving something from delegates’ offices. Pages work for all delegates and respond as they are called, so Hurley has met several delegates.

Hurley’s tenure will be capped this week when all pages go to the Executive Mansion for dinner with Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Hurley said he is proud to represent Middlesex County and wears a Middlesex button on his lapel.

Hurley has been a member of the National Junior Honor Society for two years, serving as vice president.

He also was chosen by the Ware Academy faculty as a “Blue Team Captain.” Four eighth-graders are chosen to lead the blue or green teams at Ware, and serve as ambassadors of the school. The captains exemplify exceptional character, academic excellence, athletic involvement, school spirit and natural leadership ability.

Hurley is also a member of the school’s honor council.

He is active in sports. He played soccer and basketball for 4 years and served as captain. He also played lacrosse for 6 years.

Hurley is the son of Walter Hurley Jr. and the late Ruth Ellen Hurley.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 03.05.2014

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