After reading through the massive amounts of bureaucratic goodness, I have a few concerns. There are rules in place prohibiting social media, and internet access is extremely restricted and only permitted on certain computers in the area. This being said I will need to talk to the Sergeant at Arms before further Senate Page blogging endeavors. I’ll give an update as soon as possible.
The information I had been feverishly awaiting for weeks has finally come today – Currently reading through. This is very exiting!
It all started in the year 1829 CE with Daniel Webster’s first Senate Page appointment, to put this in context, some thirty years prior the Civil War. Back then pages could range in age from 10-18, while today it is restricted to 16&17 year olds, or juniors in high school. Other than this refinement of requirements, the page program has remained largely intact since its early beginnings, adding to the sense of tradition. The first female page was appointed in 1964, thanks to the Senators Javits & Percy.
The duty of a Senate page historically has been to serve our states elected senators through various means. The service includes primarily exchanging bills and messages, servicing the floor during Senate sessions, and assisting the senator whenever possible (which I am thrilled to delve into come September). Along with job experience the pages take classes, and are given a great first hand look at politics here in the United States. The senate accepts 30 pages from across the country, 16 for the majority and 14 for the minority party. The ability to grant a pageship is applied for by the senator and is limited to one at any given time.
Completely honored to be serving our senators September 8th – January 24th