The page is a helping hand during legislative sessions, which run from January through March or April. Pages perform many tasks that allow senators and staff to focus on legislative duties. Pages spend two hours each day in page school learning about the legislative process.
The Senate receives hundreds of page applications each year. Though we would like to accept all who apply, there are limited openings. To maximize the opportunity for all, our policy allows that you page ONE TIME ONLY in either the Senate or the House of Representatives. Your application will not be accepted if you have paged for either chamber in the past.
Here are requirements you must meet:
1. Parent's/guardian's permission;
2. School's permission/recommendation;
3. Senate sponsor;
4. Social Security card (must bring with you the week you serve); and,
5. Must be at least 14 years of age and have not reached your 17th birthday.
If you are selected, you will receive an acceptance letter and an information packet addressing everything you need to know about paging. The packet will arrive approximately four weeks before your start date and includes a page handbook, necessary forms and a list of private host homes in which you may stay while in Olympia. Staying with friends in a hotel is also an option. Your parents or guardian will be responsible for your housing arrangements and your off-duty time.
Pages work from Monday through Friday. You must attend a 2-hour page orientation on the Sunday before your scheduled work week. Details will be included in the information packet.
Pages begin their work day at 7:45 a.m. and finish no later than 5:00 p.m. You will earn $35 per day for each day worked (Monday through Friday). A check will be mailed to your home within four weeks after you have completed your week of paging.
Your appearance must be neat at all times. A page jacket will be furnished; however, you will need to bring:
• Black slacks or dress pants (skirts, black jeans, spandex, leggings or “low rise” pants are NOT acceptable).
• Gentlemen: white shirts with collar and black tie — shirts must always be tucked in.
• Ladies: white blouses or turtlenecks (blouses or turtlenecks must be tucked in and buttoned to the waist — camisoles should not be showing above top closure or at waist. T-shirts, sweatshirts, bare midriffs are NOT allowed).
• Comfortable black shoes and black socks (solid black tennis shoes are acceptable).
A complete packing list is included in the information packet. You will need to acquire the necessary clothing and wear it appropriately before you are allowed to page. If the dress requirements are not met, you will be asked to return home.
Pages are scheduled up to two months ahead for the entire session. Please give careful consideration to the “Weeks you cannot page” section of the application. If you are selected and scheduled to page, we cannot reschedule for any reason.
If you have questions: