During each legislative session, we are joined by some of Iowa’s best and brightest high school juniors and seniors to serve as pages for the Legislature. As the House Majority Leader, I am privileged to have my own office page each year. This year I selected Alexis Weber to serve as my page and have asked her to share some insight on her experience at the Capitol.
Hello, my name is Alexis Weber and I have had the privilege of working for Majority Leader Upmeyer during this legislative session. I live on a farm in Parnell, Iowa where I raise show cattle and have participated in everything from softball and show choir, to tutoring special education students, to being the lead role in musicals. I graduated in November 2013 from Iowa City West High School and will be attending the University of Iowa in the fall as a direct admission into the Tippie College of Business in the pursuit of a career in corporate law.
On the first day of session, I vowed that I would take advantage of every learning opportunity possible, and after spending only five minutes in the building, I realized how easy that was going to be. As I walked into Leader Upmeyer’s office, I was quickly greeted by her assistant and soon after introduced to the Majority Leader herself. With a warm smile she encouraged me to always ask any questions that I may have and told me that she would love to help me in any way that she possibly could. I could automatically tell that she was not only strong, but passionate, and that she was truly invested in serving Iowa to her fullest capacity. From that moment, I knew that I had made the right decision in applying to the program, and that I could not have been chosen to work for a better person.
As the Majority Leader’s page, I would say that my primary position is to assist her in staying in touch with her constituents in House District 54. On most days, this means answering phone calls from Iowans who wish to either voice their concerns or appreciation, and managing the letters of recognition and congratulations she sends to her constituents. In my first week of holding this position, I became very aware of how important it was to the Leader to stay in touch with everyone in her district. From the certificates she sends out for birthdays and anniversaries, to the personal letters she writes to congratulate students on their academic or athletic achievements, she never seems to miss a beat! On top of correspondence with constituents, I also assist the Speaker’s page with running microphones during long floor debates and taking pictures/writing press releases for the other representatives. While some days can become quite busy and chaotic, I have formed a great appreciation for the quality work that everyone contributes to ensure that Iowans are represented accurately and thoroughly, and because of that, I have found my job to be extremely rewarding.
This experience has taught me more than I ever imagined possible, and I would like to thank Majority Leader Upmeyer, her staff, all of the other representatives, clerks, staff members, and pages who helped me make the very most of it. Lastly, I would highly recommend the page program to any junior or senior high school student who is up for trying a new experience! Whether interested in the legislative process or not, the lessons that stand to be learned, and the connections that stand to be made are ones that could further anyone in their future ambitions, and I am proud to say that it has, and will continue, to help further me in mine.
It has been a true pleasure to have Alexis work in my office this year. As with many of our former pages, I have no doubt she will go on to do great things and I am excited to follow her future successes.
On Thursday, I had the opportunity to visit with a great group of high school students from Clarksville. They were visiting the Capitol as part of the Secretary of State’s Capitol Youth Day. We enjoyed discussing the legislative process and how state government works. If you are planning an upcoming trip to the Capitol, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d love to visit with you.
As session continues, please contact me with your feedback on issues you care about at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-281-4618. I look forward to hearing from you!