Applications are open for the 2023 Page Program!
THE LEGISLATURE HAS MADE A ONE TIME EXCEPTION FOR STUDENTS AGES 17-18 YEARS OLD WHO WERE UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE DUE TO THE PANDEMIC. THE FOLLOWING DATES ARE AVAILABLE FOR 17-18 YEAR OLD STUDENTS ONLY:
Monday, February 6, 2023 to Friday, February 10, 2023
Monday, April 3, 2023 to Friday April 7, 2023
About the Senate Page Program
The Washington State Legislature has one of the finest page programs in the country. Each year, hundreds of students from across Washington State have the opportunity to take part in the legislative process and observe the Legislature and other branches of state government in action.
Pages are sponsored by legislators and serve for one week during the legislative session, which runs January-April in odd numbered years and January-March in even numbered years. Pages spend their week learning about the legislative process while distributing materials throughout the Capitol Campus, assisting offices, delivering messages, working on the Senate Floor, and presenting the colors at the opening of the day's legislative session. Pages also spend time each day in Page School learning about all aspects of state government.
It is an honor to be selected as a Senate page. If you are selected, you can look forward to a fun and educational experience that immerses you in the legislative process!
What is it like serving as a Senate Page for the day? Check out this video to find out!
Apply to be a Senate Page
We look forward to welcoming Senate Pages for the 2023 session!
In order to serve as a Senate Page, participants must:
- Have parent or guardian permission
- Receive a recommendation from a teacher and your principal
- Be at least 14 years of age and have not reached your 17th birthday
- Provide a Social Security card in order to receive the page stipend of $50 per day. If you do not have a Social Security card, you are still able to participate without receiving the daily stipend. *
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.
If you are selected, you will receive a welcome letter and an informational packet addressing everything you need to know about serving as a Senate Page. The packet will arrive approximately four weeks before your start date and includes a page handbook, necessary forms, and information on housing, the page uniform, and orientation. Pages are scheduled up to two months ahead for the entire session. Please give careful consideration to the section of the application where you note weeks you cannot page. If you are selected and scheduled to page, we may not be able to accommodate a request to reschedule.
*Please DO NOT email us any documentation such as Social Security cards ahead of time as all documents will be collected through a secure process in the weeks leading up to your scheduled week.*
The Senate Page Program welcomes students of all abilities and learning levels. We strive to create an environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, and gender identity diversity.
To speak with Senate Page Program staff about accommodations or how we can help facilitate a positive paging experience, please contact:
Myra Hernandez, Civic Education Director
P.O. Box 40482
Olympia, WA 98504-0482
Myra.Hernandez@leg.wa.gov or SenatePageProgram@leg.wa.gov