Since the early Congresses, young messengers - now known as pages - have been employed to assist Members of the House and Senate in performing their duties. Today's approximately 30 Senate pages are high school juniors hailing from across the United States. They serve principally as messengers carrying documents, messages and letters between the House and Senate, Members' offices, committees and the Library of Congress.
The highly selective page program is administrated by the Sergeant at Arms, the Secretary of the Senate and the party secretaries. Selection of pages depends on several factors including qualifications of applicants and which Members of Congress are given the opportunity to appoint a page. They receive a stipend for their services.
Pages must be 16 years old at the time of appointment, meaning when their page session begins. Pages can be 17 years old, but may not have turned 18 before the session in which they are appointed. Summer pages should either have just finished their sophomore year and be entering their junior year in the fall, or have just finished their junior year and be entering their senior year in the fall.
There are two summer sessions. The first runs from mid-June until the 4th of July recess week. This session is three weeks long. The next session begins after the 4th of July recess and goes until the August recess and is four weeks long.
Dress requirements for males are a navy blue suit, white long-sleeved shirt, dark blue tie, and dark shoes and socks. Females must wear a navy blue pant suit, white long-sleeved blouse, dark shoes and nylons or dark socks.
Pages must be sponsored by a senator. Interested applicants should click the link below to begin the application process. The tenure of Senate pages depends on job ability, academic performance, and good conduct.