HURON – Max Kretschmar, a 2021 Huron High School graduate, shared his experience as a legislative page during the 2021 South Dakota legislative session with the Beadle County Republican Women on Monday at the Scoreboard.
Kretschmar was introduced by District 22 Representative Roger Chase, Kretschmar’s legislative sponsor during his page experience. Kretschmar shared about the unique experience of being a page in 2021, including extra cleaning between sessions and wearing a mask throughout the proceedings.
He noted that one of the most interesting things to him was attempting to “predict” the way the vote on a bill would go just before the vote was taken and then watching the final tally as the vote came in. He commented that he noticed multiple legislators were willing to break with their party on certain issues in their voting after considering all the testimony on a bill, and that impressed him.
Max was sponsored by Rep. Chase after he requested sponsorship in summer 2020.
Kretschmar had found the website to apply to become a legislative page on his own, and hoped to be one of those chosen. Each legislative session, more than 100 pages are needed for the work done in Pierre.
Kretschmar encouraged all those entering their senior year of high school with interest in what is going on politically in the state to apply for the legislative page program. Pages need to be sponsored by an acting legislator and complete the application found at sdlegislature.gov/students/page. Contact information for District 22 representatives is printed daily on the editorial page of the Plainsman and would also be found on the sdlegislature.gov website.
Max even reports that post-page benefits can be found, as he met his eventual prom date during his time as a page.
Kretschmar will be headed to the University of Minnesota this fall, where he intends to major in political science and eventually go on to law school.