When Michael was a junior in high school, he was a Senate page. This experience, among many others, instilled in him a great appreciation for public service and his role as a citizen. If you decide to apply and are selected as a page, we hope this experience will have a similar influence on you.

The Senate hosted its first page in 1829, a nine-year-old boy named Grafton Hanson who was appointed by Senator Daniel Webster. Throughout the 19th century, Senate pages served as messengers and general helpers. Today, still appointed and sponsored by a senator, Senate pages come from all 50 states, must be high school juniors, at least 16 years old, and attend school. Senate page duties consist primarily of delivery of correspondence and legislative material within the Congressional complex. Other duties include preparing the chamber for Senate sessions and carrying bills and amendments to the desk. Pages attend classes in the early morning at the U.S. Senate Page School, a program fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • What are eligibility requirements to be a Senate page?

    Eligibility is limited to students who are 16 or 17 years of age and entering their junior year of high school. Pages must be citizens of the United States or subject to agreements of the Department of State, and must have a social security number. Certification of immunization and general health assessment completed by a licensed physician are required. Pages are required to be covered by health insurance; if they do not have coverage, they must enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

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  • How competitive is the application process?

    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 of the Senators are able to appoint pages. Due to the limited number of positions available and the large pool of interested students, competition to become a page is keen and, unfortunately, not all of those students who desire a position can be accommodated.

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  • What materials are required to apply?

    All applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, expressing their interest in being a Senate page.

    If you are selected to serve as a page, you will be furnished with further information and requirements of the program.

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  • What are the application deadlines?
    • Applications for the two summer sessions should be submitted by the end of January.
    • Applications for the fall session should be submitted by the end of April.
    • Applications for the spring session should be submitted by the end of August. 
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  • Do pages attend school?

    Pages attend classes in the early morning at the United States Senate Page School, a program fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. 

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  • Do pages receive a stipend?

    Pages receive a stipend paid on the basis of an annual salary of $29,823. The cost of living in Daniel Webster Hall is $780 per month, plus a refundable $250 deposit. Breakfast and dinner are provided for the pages. The cost of rent and food is automatically deducted from the page’s stipend.

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  • Where do pages live and eat?

    During the fall and spring sessions, pages are required to live in the Daniel Webster Senate Page Residence. The cost of living in Daniel Webster Hall is $780 per month, plus a refundable $250 deposit. Breakfast and dinner are provided for the pages. The cost of rent and food is automatically deducted from the page’s stipend. 

    Webster Hall is located on Capitol Hill. Staff includes four proctors, who reside within the building, and two day-staff members. Two floors encompass the 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 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.

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  • What is the dress code?

    Senate page dress requirements for men are navy blue pants, white long-sleeve shirt, dark blue tie, and black shoes and socks. Women are required to wear navy blue slacks, white long-sleeve blouses, dark blue tie, black shoes, and dark socks or nylons. Pages are expected to fulfill their own dress requirements.

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Visit the Senate’s Page Program website for the most up to date information.