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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., has appointed Martha Lee “Mattie” Garrett, a high school junior from Marietta, Ga., to participate in the U.S. Senate Page Program in Washington, D.C. Garrett is serving as a Senate page during the first summer session, which runs from June 10 through June 28.

“Mattie has a long-held interest in politics and public service, and I’m proud to welcome her to this opportunity to work as a page in our nation’s capital through the U.S. Senate Page Program,” said Isakson. “I have had the privilege of knowing Mattie and her family for many years, including her grandfather who served as a Senate page under legendary Georgia Senator Richard B. Russell. I expect that this outstanding young lady will represent Georgia and our office well as she takes her turn with a front-row seat to history in Washington.”

Garrett is a student at The Walker School in Marietta, Ga., where she maintains an above 4.0 grade point average. She is a student ambassador and has participated in Model United Nations and Mock Trial. She is a member of the Parkhurst Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society and has earned honors in Spanish and Algebra. Garrett was previously an intern for the Marietta Daily Journal. She is active in sports, participating on the varsity volleyball, soccer, and basketball teams and was awarded the Thorpe Three Sport Athlete Award. Garrett serves as a volunteer in a number of capacities. She is a junior ambassador for JDRF, a nonprofit organization that funds type 1 diabetes research. She is also an active member of First Methodist Church of Marietta, where she is involved in the youth group and has participated in a number of mission trips.

Garrett’s maternal grandfather, Otis Brumby Jr., served as a Senate page in the 1950s after being appointed to the role by his cousin, Georgia Senator Richard B. Russell. Brumby continued in state, local and national politics from the remainder of his career. Russell served as governor of Georgia from 1931-1933 before a nearly 40-year career in the U.S. Senate from 1933-1971.

The Senate Page Program is an enduring tradition dating back to 1829, when the first Senate page was appointed by Senator Daniel Webster. Senate pages are required to be high school juniors and at least age 16.

As Georgia’s senior senator, Isakson is allowed to appoint one Senate page from Georgia per session, and there are typically four sessions per year – fall, spring, and two shorter sessions over the summer.

Senate page duties include preparing the Senate chamber for sessions, delivering legislation and correspondence inside the Congressional compound and distributing statutes and amendments on the Senate floor. Senate pages who serve in the fall and spring must also attend academic classes each morning at the fully accredited U.S. Senate Page School before reporting for duty on the Senate floor.