U.S. Senate Page Program
U.S. Senate Page Program
Thank you for your interest in the Page program. Senate Pages play an important role in the day-to-day operations of the Senate. The Senate Page Program allows students a unique opportunity to learn about Congress while continuing with their coursework. Throughout the program, 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 responsibilities center around their work assisting Senators in the Senate Chamber when Congress is in session. 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.
The Senate Page Program is administrated by the Sergeant at Arms, the Secretary of the Senate and the party secretaries.
Each year, there are four established page sessions. The academic year consists of two semesters, which run in the fall from early September through mid-January and, in the spring, from mid-January through mid-June. The summer program consists of two sessions, which are three or four weeks in duration, depending on the legislative calendar.
Following classes at the Senate 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.
During the fall and spring sessions, pages are required to live in the Daniel Webster Senate Page Residence. Webster Hall is located on Capitol Hill. 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. 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 to sign in. 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.
During the summer sessions, pages can request arrangements for alternate housing.
- Senate Pages must be sponsored by a Senator
- Pages must be citizens of the United States or subject to agreements of the Department of State, and must have a social security number
- Page eligibility is limited to juniors in high school who will be 16 or 17 years old on or before the date of appointment.
- Summer Page eligibility is limited to students who have completed the sophomore year and who will be 16 or 17 years old on or before the date of appointment
- Pages must verify a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a home school transcript and a certification of immunization to qualify for attendance at the school
- A general health assessment completed by a licensed physician is required, in addition to a certification of immunization
- Pages are required to be covered by health insurance; if not covered, they will be required to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
Application deadlines for the page program are the same each year.
- Summer Session - February 1
- Fall Session - May 1
- Spring Session - September 1
To apply to be a U.S. Senate Page, please fill out the application form below and mail the completed version to the address below.
Office of Senator Chris Coons
127A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510