PAGE PROGRAM HISTORY

History of Senate Page Program

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For more than 180 years, messengers known as pages have served the United States Senate. Pages must be high school juniors and at least 16 years of age. Several incumbent and former Members of Congress as well as other prominent Americans have served as congressional pages.

Senator Daniel Webster appointed the first Senate page in 1829. Women were first appointed as Pages in 1971. 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.

Additional information can be found on the Senate’s website:

Senate Page Program Information

First Female Pages Appointed in the Senate

2013 Congressional Research Service Report: Pages of the United States Congress – History and Program Administration

Senate Page School History

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