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Classes of 1980-1989

Kerry Bringhurst, Senate, 1983, wrote that being a Page “influenced my decision to become a political reporter.” She is now the news director and Morning Edition host for Utah Public Radio. 

Joyce Anagnos, House, 1985, was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Toledo Bar Association and represents the City of Toledo as an in house counsel to its utilities department. She is serves on her church’s Parish Council and volunteers with the Daughters of Penelope.

Classes of 1990-1999

Brian Gomillion, House, 1991 is currently serving his first full term as Mayor of Walnut Grove, Mississippi.

Damon Tandy, House, 1990 is an Advertising Account Executive and Staff Writer for the Indiana Herald.

Mark Easterday, House, 1990 just celebrated 18 years at Merrill Lynch, has two sons (9 and 12), and in his spare time, headlines Mark Easterday and the 40oz Band. They play at various venues in Southern California.

Whit Campbell, House, 1990, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve and is living near Houston with his wife Martha and son William.

Camilla (Messing) Bosanquet, House, 1991 transferred to Plymouth, MA, where she is serving as a Commander in the role as Operations Planning and Readiness Branch Chief, First Coast Guard District in the U. S. Coast Guard.

Randy Fine, House, 1991, is now a Florida State Representative representing in the 53rd District of Florida (Brevard County).

Jennifer Dukarski, House, 1991, became partner at Butzel Long in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She continues to be a leading voice in the legal issues surrounding driverless cars and spoke  at the Driverless Cities conference in San Mateo and will be speaking at three events at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  She was also appointed chair of the MICHauto Mobility Committee.

Paul Reinhardt, House, 1992, is a Commander in the US Navy and recently assumed command of the USS Alabama Blue (SSBN 731), an Ohio class ballistic missile submarine, which ports in Bangor, Washington.

Naomi Wallace Asher, House, 1993, published a novel, By Page, using her journals from her year in Washington.

Todd Connor, House, 1995, and Navy Veteran has expanded The Bunker, the nation’s first veteran-owned business incubator to 13 cities. The Bunker began in Chicago in 2014 and has launched over 300 new businesses. The Bunker offers classroom instruction on the fundamentals of starting and growing a business. Hand-in-hand with education, it also offers a place for 21st Century veterans to connect, grow, and support one another to achieve their goals.

Classes of 2000-2009

Dave Kroontje, House, 2000, writes from northern Japan where he is based with the Air Force, flying F-16s in the 13th Fighter Squadron. Since 2010, he has deployed three times to Afghanistan and once to Jordan.
Jason Rae, Senate 2004 and USCPAA Board Member, was elected to be the Secretary for the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Abby Finkenauer, House, 2006, was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2014 at the age of 25. She reports that there are still Pages at the Iowa State House.

Classes of 1940-1949

Ray Felts, Capitol Page School 1944, was a messenger in the House Folding Room. He wrote in that his time in Washington allowed him to be a chauffeur for the Commodore in the Philippines in 1945, which beat his original Seabee job of unloading lumber and cement. He and Carmen Trevitt are the last two classmates from the Senior Class of 1944.

Barnie Collins’, House, 1944, grandson Kristopher is a junior at the University of North Georgia and was promoted to the rank of LR. Colonel and will be a Battalion Commander for the 2016-17 school year.

Classes of 1960-1969

Richard Harding, House, 1963, retired in Spring 2015 from his law firm, Littler Mendelson, after 42 years of practice there.  He was the 12th attorney that joined to firm; the firm now has more than 1,000 attorneys.  Rich has relocated from the San Francisco Bay area to Savannah, GA, for this next chapter of his life.

Robert Switzer, House, 1965, is currently Communications Director and a board member of Beverly Hills Heritage, an organization devoted to historic architectural preservation, positions he previously held at the Beverly Hills Historical Society. Before retiring from practicing law, he served as vice-chair of the West Hollywood Rent Stabilization Commission, a member of the California State Bar Standing Committee on Human Rights, a Los Angeles County Bar Association delegate to the California State Bar Conference of Delegates, and president of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles.

Chris Cobey, House, 1967, is feeding his lifelong fascination with trains by serving on the Caltrain Citizens Advisory Committee last year. He is currently the Chair of the Committee.  Caltrain is a 151-year-old commuter railroad carrying about 60,000 passengers each workday between San Francisco and San Jose.

Andrew P. Napolitano, House, 1967, has written several books on legal and political subjects. In his latest book, Constitutional Chaos, Fox News commentator Judge Napolitano makes the case that there is a pernicious and ever-expanding pattern of government abuse in America’s criminal justice system, leading him to establish his general creed: “The government is not your friend.”

Joe Bomba, House, 1967, is a practicing attorney in Chicago and reports that Chris Cobey, House, 1967, visited in August 2013, to recall tales of Dan Rostenkowski, Bob Rota, Turner Robertson, and many others.  Joe’s Chicago home had been leased briefly for use in a movie!

Arthur Baltrym, House, 1967, retired in July 2007, after more than 32 years of service to the United States House of Representatives – starting as a House Page. He was recognized for his service in the Congressional Record as a key member of the team that hand-built the replacement Speaker’s Chair. He  spent numerous hours hand-carving the exquisite detail that is displayed on much of the chair. Another significant contribution was his oversight of the team which constructed the two hydraulic-controlled lecterns currently used today on the House floor.

Classes of 1970-1979

Scott McGeary, Senate, 1973, was appointed by the Arlington, Virginia Circuit Court to serve on the County Electoral Board, and was elected as its Secretary.  The three member panel administers the annual elections process in the locality.

Duane J. Taylor, House, 1978, received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at their Annual meeting held in Orlando, FL in September 2013. He currently serves on its Board of Directors, which is the world’s largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.

R. Donahue Peebles, House, 1978, was featured in a Wall Street Journal article in August 2014 entitled Real Estate’s Self Made Mogul. It mentioned his service as a Page in the US House of Representatives. Mr. Peebles is also the author of two books on real estate and his path to success.

Kim Brower, House, 1978, recently started a new job at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business as the Associate Director, Instructional Design. She is also getting my Ed.D. in Educational Psychology. She and her husband Roger just moved to downtown Los Angeles.

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