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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., has selected Margaret Lillian Hart, a high school junior from Alpharetta, Georgia, to participate in the U.S. Senate Page Program in Washington, D.C. Hart is serving as a Senate page for the fall session, which runs from Sept. 3, 2019, through Jan. 24, 2020.

“Margaret Hart is a four-time Georgia State Senate page, and she has seen our state’s legislative process firsthand,” said Isakson. “I look forward to having her represent our office this fall while gaining experience in the federal government through the U.S. Senate Page Program.”

Hart maintains a 4.0 grade point average at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell, Georgia, where she is heavily involved in school activities. She is a member of the Speech and Debate Club and a delegate for the Model United Nations. She also served as captain of the junior varsity Academic Team in the 2019 state tournament. Margaret is a member of the core leadership team of her school’s Habitat for Humanity chapter and a member of the junior varsity cross country team. A summa cum laude student, Hart’s academic awards include a first place public speaking award from the Future Business Leaders of America and the President’s Education Award. She is also a Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest winner.

The Senate Page Program is an enduring tradition dating back to 1829, when the first Senate page was appointed by Senator Daniel Webster. In 1971, Paulette Desell, Ellen McConnell and Julie Price made history when they received the first Senate page appointments for female students. Today, 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. 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. Hart and other Senate pages who serve in the fall or spring also must attend academic classes each morning at the fully-accredited U.S. Senate Page School before reporting for duty on the Senate floor.