Jarrod Nagurka, making political connections early in life, at a presidential campaign rally in Annandale last fall. (Doug Mills/Courtesy Jarrod Nagurka)

Jarrod Nagurka has now been thanked twice on the floor of the United States Senate for his legislative service, by no less than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, all before he even turned 19.

The Arlington resident and Washington-Lee High School grad served as a Senate page in the fall of 2010, and because he was a local, he stuck around through the holiday season while other pages went back home. Reid declared then that Nagurka and another local page were “legislative heroes” and had done the work of 30 pages.

Katie Pyzyk at ARLNow.com reports that Nagurka’s prior service and availability brought him to mind when the fiscal cliff shenanigans took off during the recent holiday season, and he was summoned back to duty. Reid again acknowledged his service, which amounted to 80 hours over eight days and spending New Year’s Eve in the Senate Democratic cloak room.

Nagurka, who turned 19 last week, is now a student at the University of Virginia, double-majoring in economics and environmental science, and told me he hopes to use his skill set and political experience to someday make renewable energy an economically viable option in Third World countries. You can read more about Nagurka and his time on the Senate floor here.