WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley congratulates Katherine Parrish, a junior at Corvallis High School on the completion of her service as a Page to the United States Senate. Katherine came to the Senate in the Fall of 2021, serving in the first cohort of pages to return to the Capitol after the program was suspended in March 2020 due to COVID-19. Katherine is the fifth page Senator Merkley sponsored to date.
“Katherine embodies what the Senate page program is all about, and she represented Oregon with dedication and integrity while on the Senate floor,” said Merkley. “Her presence will surely be missed, but she has a bright future ahead. I look forward to seeing what Katherine does next as she finishes her education and moves into her professional career.”
“The Senate Page Program exceeded all of my expectations. It was an honor to see Senators’ speeches, debates and votes in person,” said Parrish. “I’m thankful to Senator Merkley for giving me the opportunity to work in the U.S. Capitol and I’m inspired by his leadership on the fight for voting rights. “
Katherine is a rising junior at Corvallis High School with an interest in government and politics. Prior to becoming a page, Katherine served as a fellow for Oregon Representative Dan Rayfield, and as a delegate to the Oregon Model United Nations since 2018.
Senate pages are nominated by a Senator through a competitive selection process, and serve for a period of weeks or months at the heart of the nation’s government in Washington, D.C. Pages help keep the Senate floor running, and have an up-close and firsthand view of the Senate’s debates and legislative action.
Senator Merkley’s office is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2022 Senate page program. Applications are due on February 4th. For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit: https://www.merkley.senate.gov/services/students/page-program.