Page service is a unique honor with a rich history. The first pages were actually apprentice knights. Pages served while they received scholastic, social and military education. Pages who successfully completed their studies then became squires and were allowed to continue their education. Hardworking squires were rewarded with the honor of knighthood. Pages were first associated with lawmaking bodies when they began appearing in royal courts. The term "honorary page" is applied to our guest attendants today because it recalls the honorable status and goals of pages in history.
Pages today have somewhat different roles. This page will give you a preliminary introduction to our program. When serving as a page, we hope that you will learn about legislative procedures and see firsthand the way the state legislature functions. Have a good time!
A typical day for an honorary page is from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. with a lunch period at noon. (There are fast food restaurants nearby as well as the Capitol Cafe in the basement of the Capitol Building.)
For further information, contact the
Secretary of Senate's Office:
(503) 986-1851 or FAX (503) 986-1132
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