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frequently asked questions

What are the responsibilities and duties of U.S. Senate Pages?

Pages serve principally as messengers. They carry documents between the House and Senate, Members’ offices, committees, and the Library of Congress. They also prepare the House and Senate chambers for each day’s business by distributing the Congressional Record and other documents related to the day’s agenda and assist in the cloakrooms and chambers. When Congress is in session, they sit near the dais where they may be summoned by Members for assistance.

Pages are expected to work from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., or whenever the Senate adjourns for the day.

When can I serve as a Page?

There are four sessions of the Senate Page Program. The Fall session runs from early September through mid-January. The spring session runs from mid-January through mid-June. The summer includes two sessions which run three to four weeks long. Summer Session I begins in early June, and Summer Session II begins in early July. At this time, Senator Hirono’s office only appoints pages for the fall and spring sessions.

Where do Pages live?

During the fall and spring sessions, Pages are required to live in the Daniel Webster Senate Page Residence, located two blocks from the Hart Senate Office Building. The cost of living in Daniel Webster Hall is $780 per month, plus a refundable $250 security deposit. Breakfast and dinner are provided for the Pages. The cost of rent and food is automatically deducted from the Page’s salary, which is paid on the basis of an annual salary of $29,823. Staff in Webster Hall includes a Program Director, Administrative Aide and four proctors, the latter of which reside in Webster Hall. 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.

During the summer sessions, pages can request arrangements for alternate housing.

Do I have to take classes if I serve during the school year?

The Senate Page School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. During the academic sessions, Pages attend class in the Page dormitory at Webster Hall. A Page’s academic day begins at 6:15 a.m. and classes extend until 9:45 a.m. or one hour before the Senate convenes. The curriculum consists of English, mathematics, science and social studies. The Page School also offers a Field Studies program to ensure that Pages are exposed to many of the educational and cultural activities that Washington, D.C. offers.

Before completing your application, please communicate with your base school to determine how Page School academic credits will transfer if you are offered a page position.

What are my chances of being selected?

Each session, only 30 positions are available for the 100 Senators. Interest in the Page Program is high, and because not every Senator is able to sponsor a page, the application process is highly competitive.

Of the 30 positions that are available, 15 are for male pages and 15 are for female pages. Senator Hirono’s page sponsorship alternates by gender. Feel free to contact our office directly to confirm whether we have requested a male or female candidate spot in the upcoming session.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible so that we can process your application in a timely manner. 

Senate Page Program