One local teen is on his way to Richmond.

As someone who has been able to give all the facts on the Civil War since he was 7 and who follows politics regularly, 13-year-old Landon Scott Jones will take on the duties of a page in the General Assembly starting this week.

He initially saw where Courtland Thackston of Halifax County served as a page in the House of Delegates last year and took the initiative to research how he too could be a page.

After a recommendation from Delegate James Edmunds, he was accepted into the program.

“It felt great,” said Jones. “It’s definitely a new chapter in my life.”

Each year the speaker of the House of Delegates appoints 13 and 14 year-olds from across the Commonwealth to serve as House pages during the regular session of the General Assembly.

These young people assist the members of the House of Delegates, the House Clerk’s staff and other legislative staff in the daily duties required for the successful operation of the House of Delegates during the session from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Pages deliver documents throughout the Capitol complex, and perform errands for members and staff of the House of Delegates during each day’s floor session and at committee meetings.

They also are selected for assignments in specific House offices including the speaker’s office, the clerk’s office, the bill room, the copy center and the governor’s office.

But, Jones is most looking forward to watching legislators in action.

“That’s the most exciting part for me,” said Jones.

His interest in politics first began when he started listening to his grandfather, Otis Rose tell war stories.

Rose is an Air Force Veteran who served during Vietnam when he survived two plane crashes and had to deal with the loss of his best friend while overseas.

While overseas he would fly 12 to 14 hours a day up and down the coast and all over Vietnam.

During those missions, his aircraft was shot down twice, but he walked away each time.

Jones wants to follow in Rose’s footsteps and become an Air Force officer, but when he retires, he’d like to step into the political ring.

In addition to history, politics and debating, he also enjoys basketball, golf and swim.

Jones is the son of Dr. Lisa Rose-Jones and Scott Jones of South Boston and the grandson of Otis and Jan Rose of South Boston and Buffy Wilhite of Halifax.

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com