Fairfield teen chosen to serve as page in U.S. Senate

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Morgan Heck of Fairfield has been selected to be a page in the U.S. Senate for the fall semester following sponsorship by Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

The page program was started by Daniel Webster in 1829. It remains the only congressional page program following the discontinuance last year of the larger page program in the House of Representatives as a cost-cutting measure.

The Senate page program is limited to 30 high school juniors from across the country.

Academic standing is one the most important criteria in final selection of pages. Because there are only 30 page positions to serve 100 senators, not all senators are able to appoint pages.

Pages duties consist primarily of delivery of correspondence and legislative material within the Capitol complex. Other duties include taking messages for senators, calling them to the phone, preparing the Senate chamber for sessions, and carrying bills and amendments to the desk. A rotation is used so each page has an opportunity to experience all areas of service.

A page’s day typically begins at 5 a.m. for classes starting at 6:15 a.m. in the U. S. Senate Page School. Classes extend until 9:45 a.m. or one hour prior to commencement of the Senate, when pages report for duty and work until 5 p.m. or until the Senate adjourns for the day, whichever is later. When sessions extend past 10 p.m. the next day’s classes may be postponed.

Pages are also expected to do three to four hours of homework daily.

Previous pages include former Sen. Chris Dodd and late Vice President Spiro Agnew.

“Serving as a Senate page will be an unparalleled learning experience for Morgan,” Lieberman said in a press release. “The knowledge that he will gain has the potential to shape the course of his future as an outstanding American citizen and avid participant in the political process. I am confident that Morgan will make a valuable contribution to the page program, and I look forward to seeing him soon in Washington.”

Morgan, a Fairfield native, attended elementary school at Eaton Square School in London and graduated from Fairfield Country Day School as ranking scholar. He enrolled as a freshman two years ago at Westminster School in Simsbury, where he’ll return next January following graduation from the Page School.

He’s had a lifelong interest in American history and government, and has already visited the U.S. Senate several times while in session.

This summer he has worked as a volunteer at the Horizons program at Greens Farms Academy and as an intern at a marketing company in Westport.

In advance of his duties, he is also busy with one of the pages’ requirements: memorizing the names and faces of all 100 senators.

Morgan said he is excited and that it will be interesting to be in the Senate every day during this fall’s presidential and Senate elections.

“Morgan appreciates the exciting chance to work for Sen. Lieberman even in a small way, especially as this will be Sen. Lieberman’s final term prior to retiring from the Senate,” according to a press release.

Morgan said he admires “Lieberman’s integrity, independence and ability to work effectively with senators from both parties.”

“This is going to be a great learning experience, and it also sounds like a lot of fun — if I can remember everyone’s name,” Morgan said.

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