PETITION TO ESTABLISH TERM LIMITS FOR UNITED STATES SENATORS AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
The Founding Fathers were aware of the danger posed by a ruling class of representatives who would remain in office as career politicians, no longer serving their constituents, but serving their own ambitions.
Many U.S. Congressmen have made lifelong careers of working in Washington in what Thomas Jefferson called “entrenched incumbency.”
• The average age of Americans is 37
o the average age of a U.S. Representative is 57 years of age
o a U.S. Senator is 62.5 years of age;
• 32 members of Congress have been in office since before the average American was in second grade;
• 106 members of Congress have been in office since before the average American got a driver’s license;
• 23 Congressmen currently in office have served over 30 years;
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If U.S. Congressmen are limited to a specific number of terms, their constituents will benefit in several, important ways:
• Congressmen will consider the long-term effects of the policies they support and laws they enact if they know they will be returning to their communities and living under those laws;
• Congressmen will devote their time, energy and attention to serving the interests of their constituents, rather than amassing power for themselves;
• Congressmen will not devote their time, energy and attention to seeking re-election;
• a 2013 Gallup poll found that 75 of Americans would vote for a law establishing term limits for members of Congress;
• 23 states voted to limit the time of service for their delegations to Washington, D.C.;
• the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the states may not impose such time limits on their delegations in Congress.
We, the undersigned, request that Congress undertake the following action:
Pass the proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution currently before the Congress limiting the number of terms members of Congress to no more than three terms of two years (6 years in total) in the House of Representatives and two terms of six years (12 years in total) in the U.S. Senate.