History of the U.S. Senate Page Program

For more than 180 years, messengers known as Pages have served the United States Senate. Senator Daniel Webster appointed the first Senate page in 1829. Women were first appointed as Pages in 1971. Several incumbent and former Members of Congress as well as other prominent Americans have served as congressional pages.

Pages must be high school juniors and at least 16 years of age. Senate pages are appointed and sponsored by Senators for one academic semester of the school year or for a summer session. The right to appoint Pages rotates among Senators pursuant to criteria set by the Senate’s leadership. Academic standing is one of the most important criteria used in the final selection of Pages. Students interested in becoming a Senate Page are advised to contact their Senators to request information and consideration for an appointment.

Interested in learning more? We encourage you to visit the following websites:

Senate Page Program Information

First Female Pages Appointed in the Senate

Pages of the United States Congress – History and Program Administration

Senate Page School History

Print Friendly, PDF & Email