Davisson: House pages gain valuable experience at Statehouse

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Indiana House of Representatives offers a unique educational experience through its page program. This program helps students develop civic mindedness as they learn firsthand how laws are made in our state. It is a great opportunity for future leaders to learn about the Indiana General Assembly, and I hope to welcome many students from our area to the Statehouse during the 2018 legislative session.

To be a page, applicants should be between the ages of 13 and 18, which is typically grades 6-12. Groups like student councils and 4-H clubs can also serve as pages together, as well as siblings and friends. While at the Statehouse, pages tour historical sites like the House and Senate chambers, the Indiana Supreme Court and the governor’s office.

They also have the opportunity to sit on the House floor and observe session and debates. Pages help legislative staff perform daily tasks like delivering important messages and sorting files.

Each year, I look forward to meeting pages from our area. I enjoy hearing about their connection to our community and their academic and career goals.

This year’s program runs from January to mid-March while the General Assembly is in session. House pages are usually scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Wednesday exceptions may be made for larger groups. We also try to schedule participating siblings and friends together, so please be sure to note that preference when signing up. The day typically starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration and orientation, and concludes at 3:30 p.m. Students participating in this interactive experience receive an excused absence from school.

The 2018 session began Jan. 3, and page positions fill quickly. Please be sure to sign up early. To apply, visit www.indianahouserepublicans.com/pageprogram. You can also contact my office at 317-232-9769 or email at h73@iga.in.gov.

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Rep. Steve Davisson represents Washington County, and portions

of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties. 

A high-resolution photo of Davisson can be downloaded by clicking here.