Each fall the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency searches for Iowa high school juniors and seniors for its Legislative Page Program. This year applications for Iowa Senate pages are being accepted through October 3. The program is an opportunity for young men and women to play an active role in government. This year pages will begin work on January 12, 2015, and work throughout the legislative session, which should end near the middle of May 2015.
Pages have the option of serving a full or half semester in the winter, during the legislative session working at the Capitol. They are treated as employees, receive a stipend and complete a variety of tasks. The pages work with legislators by delivering bills and helping legislators do daily tasks. The work of a page is essential to helping the political process run smoothly. Senators get to know the pages and understand the program is a great way for students to experience government first-hand.
Interested youth from across the state are encouraged to apply for the program for the 2015 Legislative Session. The application deadline is right around the corner and those interested in becoming a page should discuss this with their high school guidance counselor and families.
For more information and to view the application for the Legislative Page Program, visit https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/lsaReports/pageInfo/PageApplication.pdf. Once interested applicants have downloaded the application package, they should complete the personal information form, provide a written statement on why they want to become a page and submit letters of recommendations from nonrelatives. The rest of the application package includes a form signed by a principal, counselor or superintendent as well as a letter of recommendation from the principal, counselor or superintendent.
Completed page application packages must be returned to the Secretary of the Senate’s office, Iowa Senate, Statehouse, Des Moines, Iowa 50319. For more information, call 515-281-5307. Interviews will be held October 20-24.