The Senate Page Program began in 1829 when the first page was appointed by Senator Daniel Webster. Today, living away from home and attending school with students from across the country allows high school juniors to learn about government and experience new perspectives. Pages meet some of the nation’s most prominent leaders and witness firsthand the political debates of the United States Senate, often referred to as the “greatest deliberative body in the world.”
Page duties consist primarily of delivery of correspondence and legislative material within the Congressional Complex. Other duties include taking messages for Members, calling them to the phone, preparing the Chamber for Senate sessions, and carrying bills and amendments to the desk.
There are four established page sessions. The academic year consists of two semesters which run from early September through mid-January and from mid-January through mid-June. The summer program consists of two sessions which are three or four weeks duration depending on the legislative calendar.
Following classes at the Page School, which extend until 9:45 a.m. or one hour prior to the commencement of the Senate, Pages report for duty to their respective cloakrooms and work until 4:00 p.m. or until the Senate adjourns for the day, whichever is later. Pages are paid on the basis of an annual salary of $29,823.
Senate Pages must be sponsored by a Senator. There are thirty Page positions in the United States Senate which serve its one hundred Members; therefore, not all Senators are able to appoint Pages. Due to the limited number of positions and the volume of interested students, competition is keen and not all students who seek a position can be accommodated.
If you are interested in serving as a Senate Page, you must meet the following requirements:
Pages are required to live in the Daniel Webster Senate Page Residence during the school year. The cost of living in the residence hall is $780 per month and includes breakfast and dinner each day. Payment is made through payroll deduction.
Webster Hall is located two blocks from the Hart Senate Office Building. Staff includes a Program Director, Administrative Aide, and four proctors. Proctors reside in Webster Hall. Two floors encompass living quarters, one of which is designated for young women, the other for young men. Each floor has a community day room for social activity.
Pages must share rooms with each other. Each room is designed for four to six occupants and is furnished with twin size bunk or loft style beds, desks, chairs, and bureaus. Each room has closet space, a private bath and a telephone, which is shared by the Pages. Laundry and kitchen facilities are provided within the building.
United States Capitol Police maintain a 24-hour security desk and a provision that requires all individuals to present identification and all visitors and guests to sign in. Capitol Police patrol the area by car and foot regularly throughout the day and night. Webster Hall is monitored by a security alarm system and all emergency and safety measures required by the District of Columbia for community life structures are present and enforced.
If you are interested in serving as a Page, please email your application and supporting materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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