Sponsored by Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Melinda McCabe served as a Senate Page in D.C. for three weeks this summer from June 11-30. Only 36 high school students were selected nationwide to serve in this prestigious position.
Pages spend most of their day working on the Senate floor. They prepare the Senate chamber for session, hand deliver legislation, and run errands throughout the Capitol and Senate office buildings. Pages live a few blocks from the Capitol in historic Webster Hall.
“One of the highlights during my term was the introduction of the new health care legislation. I heard senators from both sides of the aisle speak passionately about how health care changes would impact their constituents. Discussions were intense. Some days we didn’t get off work until midnight,” said McCabe.
Aside from her work on the Senate floor, McCabe was excited to live with high schoolers from across the country. “I met Pages from all over the U.S., even Alaska. It gave me a greater appreciation for the diverse ideas that come from people with different backgrounds, party affiliations, and values,” added McCabe.
Pages have virtually unlimited access to the same places as the senators, offering a truly behind-the-scenes look into this world-renowned deliberative body. The Senate Page Program began in the 1800s and is only open to high school students during their junior year.
McCabe will be a senior at Saline High School this fall. She is involved in local politics as chair of the Saline Youth Council and is the youngest-ever member of the Executive Board of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party.
“My experience as a U.S. Senate Page was incredible. I’m grateful to Senator Peters for the opportunity. It strengthened my love for all things politics and I intend for it to be just the beginning of a lifetime in public service,” said McCabe.