A New Congress

Longest Serving Congressmen

Renewing the Nation Through Congressional Term Limits

A Broken Country

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There is no doubt that one of the quickest and easiest ways to fix the decline of our country is term limits for our federal politicians. As it is today, their first priority is always reelection, term limits would limit the need for constant campaigning and fundraising. It would force them to do the work of and for the people because they eventually have to go back to work outside of the halls of Congress.

Lifetime Political Careers?
Politics, particularly at the federal level, was never intended to be a career. Our founders intended that our state representatives in congress live and work under the same laws they create. They would temporarily leave their farms, business, or families to do the duties as the congressmen. When complete to return and operate their lives under the very laws they made. That the job of congressmen was to be part-time, it was to be burden and that they would return to their homes and jobs in their home states. We have many politicians that have NEVER worked outside of politics, there is no way they understand or can relate to the majority of Americans who work normal jobs or run businesses.

However, now days we have politicians that have been noting but a politician. Ask yourself how much real world experience someone who has spent their entire career in politics would have? How can they understand the problems of the general public, have they ever had to make a payroll? Have they ever held a job besides politics? There are over 80 politicians who have been in congress for over 20 years, two who have served over 40 years. There is no way you can convince me these people understand the concerns of the people, they have lived a life with no connection to how most people live. Once they have been in office that long, their primary incentive is to keep their job not the needs of the consteiuents.

Senators
The current Senate aren't much better, They have over 80 of there membeers in office with have over 150 members that have been in office for more then ten years, 80 with more then fifteen years. That is five to seven election cycles! They spend more time fund raising and campaigning then doing their job.
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Here to see a list of current members of the Senate.
House of Representatives
The current House of Representatives have over 150 members that have been in office for more then ten years, 80 with more then twenty years. That is five to seven election cycles! They spend more time fund raising and campaigning then doing their job.
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Term Limits
As mentioned above, our founders never intended for people to be in congress for 20, 30 or even 40 years. That level of time in congress allows them to have too much power and most congressmen are more concerned with getting elected versus doing the the job their constituents sent them to do. The further they get away from "real life" they lose touch with reality. To reenforce this point, in 1947 congress proposed the 22nd amendment to the constitution to limit the President to two terms with the rationale that unlimited presidential term limits would create a defacto monarchy and place too much power into one man. The same logic applies to those in Congress.

Congressman in the House of Representatives serve a 2 year term and a Senator in the Senate serves a 6 year term. There are Representatives in both parties that have served 10, 15, 20 TERMS! They are constantly in campaign mode. If they were limited to 2-4 terms they could concentrate more on serving the people and the nation versus serving themselves or the party.

Young
(R)
45 years
Leahy
(D)
41 years
Hatch
(R)
39 years
Sensenbrenner
(R)
39 years
Cochran
(R)
38 years
Hoyer
(D)
37 years
Rogers
(R)
37 years
Smith
(R)
37 years
Grassley
(R)
35 years
Kaptur
(D)
35 years
Levin
(D)
35 years
Barton
(R)
33 years
Visclosky
(D)
33 years
DeFazio
(D)
31 years
Lewis
(D)
31 years
McConnell
(R)
31 years
Pelosi
(D)
31 years
Slaughter
(D)
31 years
Smith
(R)
31 years
Upton
(R)
31 years
Lee
(D)
30 years
Duncan
(R)
29 years
Engel
(D)
29 years
Lowey
(D)
29 years
McCain
(R)
29 years
Neal
(D)
29 years
Pallone
(D)
29 years
Rohrabacher
(R)
29 years
Shelby
(D)
29 years
Ros-Lehtinen
(R)
28 years
Serrano
(D)
28 years
DeLauro
(D)
27 years
Johnson
(R)
27 years
Peterson
(D)
27 years
Sanders
(I)
27 years
Waters
(D)
27 years
Bishop
(D)
25 years
Calvert
(R)
25 years
Clyburn
(D)
25 years
Eshoo
(D)
25 years
Goodlatte
(R)
25 years
Green
(D)
25 years
Gutierrez
(D)
25 years
Hastings
(D)
25 years
Johnson
(D)
25 years
King
(R)
25 years
Maloney
(D)
25 years
Nadler
(D)
25 years
Roybal-Allard
(D)
25 years
Royce
(R)
25 years
Rush
(D)
25 years
Scott
(D)
25 years
Thompson
(D)
25 years
Velazquez
(D)
25 years