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Graettinger Student Selected As Governor’s Page

By Staff | Dec 3, 2009

GRAETTINGER – Starting in January 2010, one Palo Alto County high school student will be amidst the action at the Iowa State House when the 2010 legislative session gets underway.

Dillon Thiner was recently chosen to serve as Iowa Governor Chet Culver’s Page for the upcoming legislative session. Thiner is the son of Rhonda and Eugene Thiner from Graettinger, and brother of Megan. He is a senior at Graettinger-Terril High School where he is involved in band, choir, 4-H, FFA, and County Council.

Thiner first became involved with state government through the Capitol Project, which was held at the State Capitol in Des Moines on Mar. 24-26. The three-day session involved a group of 21 students from across the state that were chosen from a pool of applicants.

The students participated in activities focused on the importance of being civically involved and knowledgeable about the legislative process. Thiner took part in learning sessions on the legislative process and how state government works. He had the opportunity to meet with the Governor, First Lady, Secretary of State, legislators, and staff from government agencies; participate in a legislative mock bill drafting and debate; and tour the State Capitol grounds and Terrace Hill.

That experience last March prompted Thiner to apply to become a Page in state government.

“I applied in September and by late October, I’d had three interviews–one for the State House, one for the Senate, and one for the Governor’s Office,” explained Thiner. “They conducted between 150 and 200 interviews over a four-day period.”

Thiner was first offered a Page position in the House of Representatives, followed by an offer to be Governor Culver’s Page, which he accepted. He will be one of 40 Pages that will serve in the Senate, the House of Representatives, and for the Governor. On Nov. 20, Thiner participated in orientation in preparation for the upcoming session, which begins on Jan. 11, 2010.

“The next session is expected to last 80 days,” Thiner said. “That’s been cut back from a traditional session of 100 days.”

Thiner will have his own desk outside the Governor’s office and will be working mainly with scheduling for the Governor, answering phones and letters, and helping out during news conferences.

Before the session ends on Mar. 31, 2010, Thiner expects to see many hot topics debated, including the state budget and gay marriage.

“It’s going to be an interesting session,” concluded Thiner. “I’m truly excited.”