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Local teen nets U.S. Senate gig


Rachel Tougas, 2013 U.S. Senate Page, and Sen. Murkowski at the Opening of the Seward Community Library Museum

Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced the selection of Rachel Tougas of Seward as her United States Senate page for this summer. Tougas, a Seward High School junior, was selected as one of 30 high school juniors from across the country to participate in the Senate’s three-week summer page program. Pages are selected by senior members of the Senate and tasked with delivering correspondence and legislative materials within the Capitol, preparing the Senate chambers and assisting all 100 Senators.

“I never really had much interest in politics; I never saw a connection until I joined my debate team this year,” said Tougas. “We had to debate different domestic and global issues, and that really opened my eyes to everything. It made me want to be more involved and to educate myself and others about different issues. What better place to learn than Washington, D.C.”

It was during a visit to Seward last January for the opening of the new Seward Community Library Museum that Sen. Murkowski had the opportunity to speak with a group of student volunteers from the Seward High School debate team that included Tougas. Upon inquiring about internships in the Senator’s office she was encouraged to apply to the U.S. Senate Page Program. Tougas is the Senator’s second nomination since Murkowski earned sufficient seniority to sponsor a Senate page last January.

“The Senate Page Program is an incredible opportunity for young people like Rachel to begin their journey towards becoming our nation’s future leaders and policymakers, and open their eyes to how the federal process operates outside of a textbook” said Sen. Murkowski. “I am always excited to see students ask about opportunities to serve, and my new opportunity to select an Alaskan high school junior every semester and summer is truly an investment in our next generation of Alaskans.”

Tougas will start her service next month.


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