BRAWLEY – While most teenagers will enjoy this summer sleeping in, enjoying the pool, or working a minimum wage job, others will be spending their months off on the floor of the United States Senate in the Capitol, as a Senate Page.
Brawley Union High School student, Brooks Hamby, has recently been selected to serve as a United State Senate Page in the U.S. Senate chambers, Capitol, and offices in Washington D.C. this June.
The Page Program entails each of the 100 Senators nominating one or two students between 16 and 17 years of age in their junior year of high school. The Senators refer their recommendations to the United States Senate committee for page selection, where the applicants are selected on merit as well as their appointing Senatorâ€™s seniority.
Hamby is sponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer after following an application and interview process to the D.C. office, finally narrowing Senator Boxerâ€™s nominations to himself and another female student in the state.
He will be among the 30 selected students, 16 Democratic and 14 Republican appointed, from across the country that will serve as messengers to the nationâ€™s Senators. Among the Pagesâ€™ responsibilities are to prepare the Senate chambers daily, deliver messages, carry bills and amendments to the desk, as well as carrying correspondence and assisting Senators.
Pages live in the Daniel Webster Hall dormitories located just to the east side of the capitol, next to the Hart Senate office building, and near the Supreme Court building.
â€œThis is an incredible opportunityâ€, Hamby says, â€œto witness and participate first hand in the great American system of government in the processâ€.
Hamby will be responsible for memorizing the names, faces, and parties of each of the 100 senators, as well as preferences on ice in their water, as he will witness politics, current events, and history unfold over the summer.
Hamby is the son of Mark and Trina Hamby.Â Following graduation he is interested in pursuing his passion for serving the interest of the people in constitutional law and running for public office.Â Hamby received the J. Skelly Wright Constitutional Law Advocacy Award for his performance as a Prosecution Pre-Trial attorney arguing a second amendment case in Sacramento last year in the California Mock Trial state competition.Â Hamby is currently an active 4-H member, Boyâ€™s State selected candidate, selected to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Award, and Hugh Oâ€™Brien Youth LeadershipÂ (HOBY).Â Hamby is a cross-country runner and is involved in his youth group.
Hamby states, â€œI am humbled to be able to witness and participate in this way to learn to serve my God and Country to the fullest extent in my future.â€