The Senate Page Program has been designed for students in their junior high school to offer a unique opportunity to learn about how Congress works. The program is administered by the Office of the Clerk and hires junior high students as helpers for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington.
The page must be sponsored by a Member of Congress. Due to the limited number of positions and the volume of interested students, appointments to the Page Program are particularly competitive.
There are only 66 page positions and not every member may be able to sponsor a page each term. The Senate only appoints 30 Pages in each semester. The privilege to appoint is based on seniority. Not all Senators are able to appoint Pages.
A Member of the Congress must sponsor the student. Students must at least be 16 years old and would be asked later to serve at least one full semester or a maximum of two semesters.
The page must also maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The page responsibilities include delivery of correspondence and legislative material within the Congressional Complex.
Pages may also take messages for Members, prepare the Senate Chamber for session and carry bills and amendments to the desk.
The pages are housed in the Senate Page Dormitory, which is located a few blocks from the Capitol. The Senate Pages attend class in the early morning, studying typical junior year subjects such as mathematics, English, and social studies.
Appointment may be terminated anytime. If you want to apply, you may call (202) 225-3536 or contact your senator in the list senators of the 114th congress.
- High junior
- GPA of 3.0 or higher in the core academic subjects
- Summer program may include rising juniors or rising seniors
- Must be 16 years old on page term and not older than 17
- A student related to a sitting Member of Congress must be sponsored as a Page by the relative
How to become a Page?
- Contact the district representative for sponsorship
- If the district representative is ineligible, then another Member within the same state can offer the sponsorship
- Sponsoring Member’s party should be identified and contacted to learn about the specific party application procedure
- All communication must be made through the sponsoring Member’s office
Find your district representative here http://www.house.gov/representatives/
- Social security number
- Parental or guardian consent form
- Official transcript of high school grades (freshman until current)
- Personal statement or personal essay minimum of 250 words
- Resume of extra curricular activities
- 2 Recommendation letters
Member of Congress Information for Sponsorship: http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/ttd.aspx
You can download the Washington State Senate Page application here http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/Documents/PageApplicationForm_Web.pdf
Or read the PDF belowPageApplicationForm_Web
It is important that you first be nominated by a Senator. The processes for selection may vary between Senators. The process is similar to employee selection and recruitment, which may include a final interview by the board. Any student may apply for appointment at any of the four terms
- Five month Fall semester, September to January
- Five month Spring semester, February to June
- Three or four weeks June session
- Three or four week July session
The US Senate Page wears a uniform while on the job, which consists of a navy blue suit, a white long sleeve traditional dress shirt, a name badge, a Page insignia lapel pin, and a plain navy tie (if male). You are required to maintain a professional appearance.
Senator Daniel Webster appointed the first Senate page in 1829. The first House pages began their service in 1842. The women were first appointed pages in 1971.
On August 2011, the House Leaders terminated the chamber’s page program. However, Senate pages are being appointed and sponsored by Senators for one academic semester of the school year, or for a summer session.
The applicant’s academic standing is one of the most important criteria used in the final selection of the pages. The selection criteria are similar to the chamber program criteria and selection.
Being a page provides a unique educational opportunity, affording young adults an opportunity to learn about Congress, the legislative process, and to develop workplace and leadership skills.
In the 112th Congress, H Res. 397, entitled Reestablishing the House of Representatives Page Program, was introduced by Representative Dan Boren. The resolution is to recommend the operation of a reestablished page program.
Pages serve principally as messengers carrying documents between the House and the Senate, Members’ offices, committees, and the Library of Congress.
The US Senate Page prepares the Senate chamber for each day’s business by distributing the Congressional Record and other documents related to the day’s agenda, assist in the cloakrooms and chambers, and when Congress is in session, sit near the dais where they may be summoned for assistance.
The US Senate Page has previously been responsible for raising and lowering the flag on the roof of the Capitol.
What is a page?
Since 1891, young people from across the US serve as pages for the Washington State House of Representatives. It is a unique educational opportunity for aspiring students to participate in the legislative process.
The duties may vary, but each job is important to the operation of the Legislature. Pages attend a two hour orientation immediately preceding the scheduled work week.
Pages spend 2 hours each day in a classroom setting learning about the US legislative process. To serve as a page you should
- Have permission from a parent or guardian
- Have permission from school
- Be sponsored by a current member of the House of Representatives
- Be at least 14 years of age and not have reached his or her 17th birthday
Pages will be provided with a written employment confirmation. This is a paid position. The pay is about $35 per day for each day worked. You are required to have as SSS before commencing work.
The Washington State Legislature has one of the finest page program in the country. Hundreds of students throughout Washington State have an opportunity each year to take part in the legislative process and observe the Legislature and other branches of state government in action.
It is an honor to be selected as a Senate Page. If you are selected, you can look forward to a fun and educational experience. During your stay in Olympia, you will meet people from all over the state and have an opportunity to make new and lasting friendships.
Contact information of the Legislative Information Center
House of Representatives
PO Box 4600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
Telephone: +1 360 786 7573
If you need assistance in the application process, please contact the
Senate Security Office
P.O. Box 40482
Olympia, WA 98504-0482
Telephone: (360) 786-7572.
You must be at least 14 years of age and have not reached your 17th birthday.