Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, invites middle and high school students in the 5th Legislative District to apply for paid page jobs in his office during the new legislative session.
“This is a great way for students to gain firsthand experience with the Legislature and the legislative process,” said Mullet. “This is an exciting opportunity to go beyond the classroom and see how the decisions we make as legislators affects them, their friends and their families.”
Pages travel and relay messages on the Senate floor, deliver packages and mail throughout the Capitol campus, and bear the flag at legislative ceremonies.
A page spends two hours each day in page school listening to guest speakers, including legislators and lobbyists. Pages also participate in their own mock-legislative session where they draft their own bills, present them to their peers and vote on them at the end of each week. Aside from their assigned duties, pages are able to meet their sponsoring senator and tour the Governor’s mansion.
Pages generally work Monday through Friday (or, in special instances, on Saturday if the Senate decides to hold session that day) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Senate can offer students assistance in finding host homes.
To be eligible to serve as a page, a student must:
• Receive parent/guardian and school permission
• Have a Senate sponsor
• Have a social security card (must bring it with them the week they serve); and
• Be at least 14 years old but not older than 16.
More information about the Senate Page Program, including a list of frequently asked questions and a downloadable application, is available online at: http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/Pages/default.aspx
Anyone with further questions about the Senate Page Program should contact Mullet’s office at 360-786-7608 or email the senator’s legislative assistant, Adam Day, at Adam.Day@leg.wa.gov.