Fairfield youth picked as Senate page

Morgan Heck of Fairfield has been selected to be a U.S. Senate page for the 2012 fall semester. Fairfield CT. Aug. 22, 2012.
Morgan Heck of Fairfield has been selected to be a U.S. Senate page for the 2012 fall semester. Fairfield CT. Aug. 22, 2012.Contributed Photo

A 17-year-old Fairfield resident has been selected to be a page in the U.S. Senate for the fall academic semester, U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman's office announced.

Morgan Heck, who attends the Westminster School in Simsbury, was sponsored for the position by Lieberman and is one of 30 high school juniors selected from across the country.

The legislative page program was founded by Daniel Webster in 1829. The Senate's program is now the lone one, after the larger House program was discontinued last year, Lieberman's office said in a news release.

Entrance to the program is highly competitive, Lieberman's office said, and academic standing is an important criteria. The 30 pages serve 100 senators, and pages must be able to recognize each senator on sight.

The pages' primary duties are delivering correspondence and legislative material within the Capital complex. Other duties, according to Lieberman's office, include taking messages for senators, calling them to the phone, preparing the Senate chamber for sessions, and carrying bills and amendments to the desk. A rotation system is used so that every Page has an opportunity to experience all areas of service.

While in Washington, Heck will attend the U.S. Senate Page School. Classes are from 6:15 to 9:45 a.m., one hour before the Senate convenes at 10:45. Pages are expected to do three to fours hours of homework each day, Lieberman's office said.

Heck, who attended Fairfield Country Day School, will return to Westminster School to complete his junior year.

Notable former pages listed by Lieberman's office include former U.S. Sen. Christoper Dodd, D-Conn., former Vice President Spiro Agnew and current U.S. Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla.

"Serving as a Senate page will be an unparalleled learning experience for Morgan," Lieberman said in the news release. The knowledge that he will gain has the potential to shape the course of his future as an outstanding American citizen and avid participant in the political process."

Heck this summer did volunteer work and served an internship with a marketing firm in Westport, Lieberman's office said, but he has also been memorizing the names and faces of the senators.

"This is going to be a great learning experience, and it also sounds like a lot of fun, if I can remember everyone's name," Heck said in the news release.