U.S. Senate Pages play an important role in the day-to-day operation of the Senate, all while watching history in the making. Living away from home and attending school with students from across the country gives Senate Pages the opportunity to experience a myriad of new ideas, perspectives, and issues. Pages meet some of the nation’s most prominent leaders and witness firsthand the political debates of the U.S. Senate, often referred to as the “greatest deliberative body in the world.”
The primary role of Pages is to deliver correspondence and legislative material within the Congressional Complex. Other duties may include taking messages for members, calling them to the phone, preparing the Chamber for Senate sessions, and carrying bills and amendments to the Clerk’s desk.
A rotation system is practiced so that every page has an opportunity to experience all areas of service.
Pages are paid on the basis of an annual salary of $26,503.
There are four established page sessions with 30 pages per session, and Senators have the opportunity to host a page during one of these sessions each year. This means Senator Murray is only able to host one page per year.
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.
During the academic sessions, Pages attend classes in the morning until 9:45 a.m. ET, or one hour prior to the commencement of the Senate. At that time, 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.
Students who are interested in becoming a Senate Page must be 16 or 17 years of age. They must be entering or finishing their junior year of high school and must have maintained a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Applicants should be eager to learn more about the legislative process and dedicated to serving their community. They must also be extremely hardworking and capable of handling a challenging schedule and workload.
Senator Murray usually requests a page for the fall page session, which runs from September to January. Occasionally, she is able to sponsor a page during other sessions as well. If you are interested in a different page session, please contact our intern coordinator, whose information is below.
The application due date for the fall page session is February 12, 2023. Applications should include the following materials:
- The online Page Application Form
- Two recommendations, including one from a headmaster, principal, academic advisor or teacher
- 1-2 page writing sample (may be an academic assignment)
Once your completed application is received, you will be contacted by the intern coordinator.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact:
Maru Vazquez, Intern Coordinator
Office of Senator Patty Murray
154 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Fax: (202) 224-0238