Pelosi Names Congresswoman Diana DeGette to House Page Board
'As the mother of two daughters, including one who served in Congress as a Page, Congresswoman Diana DeGette brings to her new position on the Page Board a wealth of personal experience and concern for our nation's children,' Pelosi said. 'She also brings her tremendous leadership skills, and her ability to accomplish a great deal. I have full confidence that she will conduct serious and sustained oversight of the Page Program.'
'Under the direction of the new Chief Page Supervisor, Jennifer Oh, the Page Program will continue to teach our Pages about the democratic process in a safe environment,' Pelosi said.
'I am honored that Speaker Pelosi has named me to the Page Board,' said Congresswoman DeGette. 'As a lawyer and mother, I bring unique insights to the effort to revamp and strengthen the page board in order to better protect the young people who serve our great institution. We must ensure that something like the Congressman Mark Foley scandal never happens again.'
'I thank Speaker Pelosi for giving me the opportunity to continue my work with our nation's young people,' Oh said. 'Before my career on Capitol Hill, I worked in the non-profit sector bringing students to our nation's capital to educate them about our history and legislative process. I look forward to continuing these efforts as Chief Page Supervisor.'
Last week, the House unanimously passed H.R. 475, the House Page Board Revision Act of 2007, and the Senate passed it yesterday by unanimous consent. It will now go to the President's desk to be signed into law. This legislation, which will protect the young men and women from across the nation who have come to Washington to serve as pages in the U.S. Capitol, makes the Page Board fully bipartisan, adding an additional seat for the minority party. Currently, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia is the Republican member of the board.
Once the President signs the bill, another Republican Member will be added. The new Page board will reflect the concerns of pages and parents by adding a former page or the parent of a current or former page to the board. The Page Board will also be required to meet regularly in order to provide greater oversight of the program.