If your school has been assigned a senator role, an additional student (and in some cases, two students) can serve as the senator’s aide(s). Senator's aides play an important role in the Model Senate Hearing because they assist their senators with everything from researching topics to advising them on how to vote. A Senator's Aide:
- Attends one preparation session;
- Assists his or her senator in completing the Investigating the Topic and Witness Questions worksheets before the scheduled preparation session;
- Researches their assigned senator here (https://www.senate.gov/senators/index.htm). You can contact your senator’s office to find out his or her viewpoint on the issues. If your senator does not respond, you can research his or her position on similar issues and then infer what his or her viewpoint on these issues would likely be; and
- Compiles background research, draws up lines of witness questioning and helps Senators craft speeches;
- Sits behind his or her senator during all Model Senate Hearing sessions and advises him or her during witness testimonies and resolution voting.
All Senators will be paired with a Senator's Aide from their own school to help prepare for the program, including drawing up lines of questioning, speeches and background research.