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Students welcome to serve as pages at Statehouse

Students welcome to serve as pages at Statehouse
Students welcome to serve as pages at Statehouse
Steve Davisson, State Representative Indiana District 73

Through the Indiana House Page Program, local students learn firsthand how the state legislature operates, meet Indiana lawmakers and work with Statehouse staff. Students can take part in this unique one-day experience during the upcoming 2020 legislative session to build on classroom lessons while further understanding how laws are made.

The page program has been around for years, continually attracting eager students to the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis, where they spend a day touring the governor’s office, Indiana House and Senate chambers, Indiana Supreme Court and other government offices. Students between the ages of 13 and 18 are encouraged to apply, and it is an excused absence from school.

This is a great age to start understanding how state government works, especially for older students, who will soon be voting, working full time, enlisting in the military, attending college and taking on other responsibilities impacted by state government. Pages visit during a full day of legislative activity, which helps build on their government and civics classes.

It is my hope many students from our community will take part in this program. In recent years, I have welcomed dozens of pages from our area to the Statehouse, including groups from the FFA and Girls Scouts. Students exploring the Statehouse also learn more about possible careers in government or politics. Past pages are now interning with the Indiana House Republicans, landed full-time jobs at the Statehouse or serve as an elected state representative.

I encourage students to apply now as spots fill quickly. The legislative session begins Monday, Jan. 6, and must end by mid-March. To apply, visit

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and I look forward to serving you in 2020 and welcoming local students to the Statehouse.

Editor’s note: State Rep. Steve Davisson, R-Salem, represents House District 73, which includes Washington County and portions of Harrison, Clark, Orange, Lawrence and Jackson counties.