History of the Senate Page Program

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.

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