The late Gina Grant Bull, the Walla Walla native whose career in the Legislature culminated in 2016 when she became page supervisor for the state House of Representatives, was honored by lawmakers Wednesday.
Resolutions in the House and Senate recognized her impact Bull had on the young lives she touched as page supervisor, observing that she knew the name of every page on the Capitol campus and that she had strong connections with many, an announcement said.
A separate measure, Senate Bill 5436, aims to create the Gina Grant Bull Memorial Scholarship. Sponsored by Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, the bill would provide financial assistance to Washington students who participate in the Legislature’s page programs. It would assist with temporary housing, uniforms and other needs.
Under the proposal accounts would be established within the House and Senate for contributions and distribution to students in need.
“A scholarship in her name is so deserved and a great tribute to her efforts to see that all kids get a chance to participate in the page program,” Walsh said in an announcement Wednesday.
Bull died last October at the age of 57.
The daughter of the late Bill Grant, the Walla Walla Democrat who represented the 16th District in the state House of Representatives from 1986 to 2009, she started with the Legislature as a caseworker. She then served as a legislative assistant for former Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, and Rep. Chris Strow, R-Freeland.
She had a break from Olympia for several years, returning to Walla Walla with her husband Ron Bull in 2013 and working as public relations and events manager for the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation.
In 2016 she returned to Olympia at what she characterized her “dream job” as page supervisor.