What is a Page?
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Since 1891, young people from across the state have come to Olympia to serve as pages for the Washington State House of Representatives.
Paging presents students with a unique educational opportunity to participate in the legislative process. Selection as a page is a great honor.
Page duties are varied. They range from ceremonial tasks such as presenting the flags to operational chores like distributing amendments during legislative sessions. Each job is vital to the efficient operation of the Legislature.
As the week-long experience draws to a close and pages return to their schools and communities, it is hoped that pages will share their experiences and observations with others in an effort to contribute to a more universal understanding of the legislative process.
The Work Week and Orientation
Pages must attend a two-hour page orientation on the Sunday afternoon immediately preceding the scheduled work week. The scheduled work week begins the next day, Monday, and extends through the following Friday. Daily work hours begin at 7:45 am and typically last until 5:00 pm.
Student Page School
Pages spend two hours each day in a classroom setting learning about the legislative process. Students have time outside of the 2-hour page school to do school assignments from home in the page room or in the evenings after work.
To serve as a page for the House of Representatives, a student must:
- Have permission from a parent or guardian
- Have permission from school
- Be sponsored by a current member of the House of Representatives
- Be at least 14 years of age and not have reached his or her 17th birthday
To allow the maximum number of students to participate, pages are allowed (1) to serve only
one week of a legislative session for
either the House or Senate,
not both; (2) to serve only once during their eligibility period.
The House will provide pages with page jackets and a black tie (for boys). Pages must bring the following clothing, to be worn each day: a white blouse or white shirt with collar, black dress slacks or black skirt, black shoes, black socks.
Housing and Transportation
Pages are responsible for their own housing and transportation arrangements. The House of Representatives will provide a list of available private housing at the time of employment confirmation.
Applicants who are selected to serve as House pages will be provided with written employment confirmation. At that time, a packet will be provided which contains detailed information regarding the paging experience and forms that must be completed prior to the time paging begins.
Paging is a paid position – the pay is $35 per day for each day worked. Before work commences, federal law requires that all employees, including pages, provide employment eligibility documentation.
If you have questions or need this application in an alternate format, please contact your member of the House of Representatives or the Legislative Information Center at the address and telephone number provided below.
Applications are now open for the 2020 legislative session.
You may apply online or use the paper application.
House of Representatives
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600