Tom Kurtz, a junior at Owensboro Catholic High School, was named Senator Mitch McConnell’s U.S. Page for the 2021 fall legislative session.
Kurtz originally applied for the 2021 summer session, but it was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
âI was invited to reapply for the fall semester, which I did immediately and with enthusiasm,â he said. âThis process consisted of a detailed application form, letters of recommendation and an essay on my interest in the program. A few months after submitting my new candidacy, I received a phone call from a member of Senator McConnell’s staff, who let me know that I had been appointed by the leader to serve as a page under his sponsorship.
Kurtz’s appointment was directed to the Senate Pages program, after which he was appointed to the program.
âIt’s definitely hard for me to find just one reason why I wanted to serve as a page,â he said. âFor most of my teenage life, I have been involved politically and socially in my community. I worked as an intern on Senator McConnell’s re-election campaign, attended KYA and KUNA, and also been active with the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center.
When Kurtz discovered the Senate Pages program, he said he was immediately fascinated by the prestige and unique experiences it offered. He said his fascination quickly turned into ambition and he started the application process as soon as he could.
Tom’s father John Kurtz said he and his wife Chrissy were very proud parents.
âWhat also makes his appointment more special is that Tom did it all on his own,â John said. âHe researched the program, filled out the application and had the resume to push it to the top. “
Her schedule throughout the semester will be dominated by study and work, with her work reflecting the legislative calendar of the United States Senate.
âMy daily schedule is just as rigorous, with early mornings devoted to my high school classes,â Kurtz said. âI am extremely happy to learn in Washington DC, as part of my education will be devoted to hands-on learning and field trips in and around the nation’s Capitol.
Kurtz said he looks forward to being included in the daily routine of Congress, especially the US Senate.
“I am delighted to have the honor of witnessing and participating in the actions of the world’s largest legislative body, alongside the country’s most powerful men and women, at a critical time in national political affairs,” Tom said.
While Kurtz remains busy for the foreseeable future, he said he’s unsure of his plans after high school.
âI have prepared well for a career in public service, government or politics,â he said. âRegarding specific college and career plans, I would like to stay in the state and go to the University of Louisville, where I would like to major in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE). After college, I would like to gain experience working as a staff member in Congress or any other political organization. Ultimately, I would like to pursue a career as a Senior Congressman, Lobbyist or, preferably, US Representative or Senator.