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Learn more about Term Limits
A term limit is a law that limits the amount of time a political representative may hold an elected office. In the U.S. the office of the President is restricted to two four year terms. There are currently no term limits for Congressional terms but various states and cities have enacted term limits for their elected officials at the local level. See recent term limits news
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If someone is doing a good job and the people like her/him he should get to run again and serve again if she wins.
1mon ago from a Democrat in Brisbane, CA
Yes. There should be term limits and congress should not be paid beyond their term limit.
1mon ago from a Libertarian in Roseville, MI
Limit the number of CONSECUTIVE terms. people could then run after sitting out 1 or 2 terms
1mon ago from a Democrat in North Waltham, MA
No. The voters should be able to put the same person in office over and over again as long as they are representing the majority. I see that you have a congressional district question and THAT is what is in need of the greatest reform measures.
1mon ago from a Democrat in Arlington, VA
Term limits should be set; however, if it is thought that there needs to be a certain amount of experience, extend the terms, but only allow them to serve the one or two limits. A life time of sitting in government leads to too much cronyism and corruption.
1mon ago from a Republican in Arlington, VA
No, but all elections should be government funded and no private funds or ads should be allowed. Equal access to media, many debates of greater depth and substance, and opinions posted by the public on the web.
1mon ago from a Democrat in Brooklyn, NY
Term limits may not be necessary but some of the perks of the job should be taken away. If they were paid similar to the working class person... they maybe able to better understand the plight of the masses. Also they should not be allowed to accept gifts from lobbist or be promised top positions in big industry when their term is over...that is where the corroption comes.... Lobbyist also should not be paid high wages...if they identified with the masses the political machine would run a lot differently
2mons ago from a Green in Omaha, NE
Yes for two reasons. One to limit the corruption that exists in congress with long term members yielding power and two current members are political merchants protecting their positions and not serving the people but serving their own interests. Our government was founded to be run by public servants.
2mons ago from a Libertarian in Camden, SC
I don't think any congress people should be able to serve for life, we need people who live and work I our communities to serve at the request of their citizens. To many congressmen get elected from the large populations in big cities, I don't think they represent all of the people of their state.
2mons ago from a Republican in Eugene, OR
No, but an "employment agreement" should be required that prohibits any incumbent full-time elected or appointed public official, or member of their household, from receiving any outside compensation or engaging in any fund-raising activity for any purpose whatsoever, including re-election, during their term in office.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Pleasant Ridge, MI
No, however, time in leadership positions should be limited. The president can olny serve two terms, but, majority/minority leaders can serve forever. WHY!
2mons ago from a Libertarian in Bradenton, FL
Term limits will solve nothing. The districts are so gerrymandered that 94% of districts are non-competitive. Districts should be re-done by a non-partisan group based on population
2mons ago from a Libertarian in Newell, NC
Term limits are a necessary political apparatus to prevent corruption in our government But, legislating is a complicated process that could be thrown into turmoil if too many congressman do not have enough experience
2mons ago from a Democrat in Palm Coast, FL
Again this is a yes/no answer for me. Yes, term limits would be a good thing because it would cycle new ideas in and out of the office. It would also increase chances of 3rd and 4th parties entering the system. When you do not have term limits, people start blindly supporting the same candidate just because it's who they've always supported. While at the same time, No, the term limits for congress members are set by the PEOPLE. The voters are able to elect the same and/or new people in to office. Also, if you create a term limit for congress, lobbyist will feed off new blood.
2mons ago from a Republican in Retsil, WA
Take the money out of politics and we won't have to worry about term limits
2mons ago from a Green in Denver, CO
Term limits should be set, but to avoid turmoil caused by too many congressman not having enough experience, the term limit should allow for a longer time in office than (for example) two 2-year terms.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Tallahassee, FL
Yes, but also return the election of Senators back to the state legislatures.
2mons ago from a Libertarian in Odenton, MD
No, legislating is a complicated process?? Modern day members of the house and senate with a few exceptions rarely are versed on that in which they are voting, their staff hands them a post-it with either a ' yay ' or ' nay '. YES,...there should be term limits, and for the above mentioned reason cited todays ingrained members should be tried for treason. When a member readily admits that they haven't read the bill that in which they voted, well, that's a national security issue. I ask with the utmost of respect; what has happened to our country, our media, our populace??
2mons ago from a Democrat in Fort Bragg, CA
Yes, term limits are a necessary political apparatus to prevent corruption in our government And a do not compete clause of 10 years should be added to keep people from Congress from becoming lobbyists on K St. for corporations that only have their own profit and not citizens interests as their mandate.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Old Bridge, NJ
The majority of members are nowMillionaires. They look out after their one interest first ahead of the citizens an the country. Because of this with regret I now support term limits.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Brentwood, TN
Yes, only congressman are exempt from the laws they pass. Why should they receive better benefits than our military who lose their lives, limbs and family defending the government.
2mons ago from a Libertarian in Brooklyn, NY
Term limits are based on how relevant the congressman stays. ie; if the congressman is not accurately representing the people, or is unaware of what the people in his/her district have to live with, they should not be allowed to return to office.
2mons ago from a Green in Ithaca, NY
Yes, no more than two terms for Senators and three terms for House of Representatives. And raises and pension plan, medical plans and other benefits should be voted on by the people.
2mons ago from a Republican in Tucson, AZ
Yes, but a mechanism for individuals who are widely considered beneficial should be put in place (i.e. constituents for outside their voting base should sign a petition allowing them to stay in congress).
2mons ago from a Democrat in El Segundo, CA
We aare in dire need of term limits to rid our society of what has become the elite aristocracy of politicians. Government should belong to the people, not the people to the government...
2mons ago from a Republican in Greeley, CO
Yes, but only if you also have a law that prohibits lawmakers from working as lobbyists for at least 10 years after they leave office.
2mons ago from a Green in Old Orchard Beach, ME
Yes but there should be large window for them to serve and it should be phased in. Legislating is a complicated process that could be thrown into turmoil if too many congressmen do not have enough experience.
2mons ago from a Republican in Burnsville, MN
The problem is not one of corruption, it is one of campaign financing. Ideologues on the Left and the Right have turned America into a "taxation without representation" system for the people in the middle of the spectrum. State Comptrollers should be required to publish the identities of all who have donated for incumbent and prospective Federal and State legislators, so that we all know who is buying power at our expense. Let them explain in the press if they will, or suffer the condemnation of their own silence.
2mons ago from a Republican in Virginia Beach, VA
Congress needs to be overhauled! We need a more efficiency and less corruption.
2mons ago from a Republican in Texas City, TX
As evidenced by our current Congress, term limits are essential for members of Congress if the country is to be returned to the people and delivered from the hands of big business.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Novato, CA
All elected officials should be required to live 60 days at minimum wage amongst their constituents incognito and starting with only 5 dollars and the clothes on their back for every term they are elected to.
2mons ago from a Green in Cupertino, CA
No, there is already too much power in the unelected elite who tell Congress what to do. Get rid of lobbying from anyone except individual citizens, not industries and foreign governments. (Let Congress seek out information and hear all sides, but NO campaign contributions !)
2mons ago from a Democrat in Florence, SC
I don't believe in Congress. It should not exist, and people should not be subject to their frivolous laws. That goes for the rest of government as well.
2mons ago from a Libertarian in Potwin, KS
Yes, I believe firmly that term limits are necessary to stop corruption. Please hire fresh, graduates from law schools and political science majors. There should be no pension to these positions. It is an honor to serve the good people of this country. Their resume will reflect the prestige of working for two years as a Congressman. These good men and women having completed their two year program with Congress would be sought after individuals for employment.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Lake Geneva, WI
I like the idea that their eligibility to run again is tied to the job they do...is the economy growing? Are they wasting money on pork and pet projects. There are too many idiots voting to have the voters determine a congressman's limit.
2mons ago from a Republican in Brownsville, TN
No, but members of Congress should not be allowed to work in businesses related to bills they authored (or for which they authored amendments) or to committees upon which they served for at least 8 years after leaving Congress.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Piedmont, CA
Yes, term limits should be set for two four year terms for the president, and a year for each congressman. Term limits are a necessary political apparatus to prevent corruption in our government.
2mons ago from a Libertarian in Parrish, FL
We already have term limits set in place, However they are not enforced and should be. Also those that serve should be prohibited from EVER being allowed to serve in any government position after they have served their time, else we will have what we do now.
2mons ago from a Republican in Oakhurst, CA
Yes, once a congressman or congresswoman have served for many years, it will be good for them to step down if they are seen to stand in the way of progress. The new congressman or congresswoman elect, however, should shadow the current one for a period of time in order to learn the ropes and understand how the system works from someone with experience.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Cayce, SC
Yes, but perhaps longer terms in order for congressmen to gain necessary experience, yet also avoid corruption as much as possible
2mons ago from a Democrat in Austin, TX
No, but incumbents have too much power to get re-elected. We need to set a very low spending limit on campaigns so that it is not only imcumbents and rich people who can get elected.
2mons ago from a Socialist in Lindstrom, MN
Yes but only if there are conditions set so there are no chances of "lame duck" congressman joining together to pass "pork projects" before the end of their terms.
2mons ago from a Republican in Biloxi, MS
No, legislating is a complicated process that could be thrown into turmoil if too many congressman do not have enough experience but their job performance should be evaluated and they should be voted out if they do not perform up to the expectations of the voters.
2mons ago from a Socialist in Holyoke, MA
No, but work to reduce the overwhelming advantages of incumbency.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Primm Springs, TN
Yes have term limits and change the their health coverage that is paid by the people to only when they are in term. After that they have to find their own coverage NOT paid by the People.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Potwin, KS
No, but there should be educational forums to raise political awareness and critical thinking, and the definition of impeachment should be expanded.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Erie, PA
No, however members of congress should be receiving the same wage as the average American. They should receive no special health insurance. Lobbying in congress also needs to be reformed to make it less influential.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Seattle, WA
Yes, only if they are not executing their duties ethically and morally.
2mons ago from a Republican in Missoula, MT
Three terms tops for congress.. and pay for only that many years afterwards... They should have to shadow the person they replaced for at least six months to learn the ropes... NO life time pensions... THAT would make them more intune to normal everyday citizens if they KNOW they have to go back to REAL life and earn a living like the rest of us!
2mons ago from a Republican in Saint Louis, MO
No, but campaign funding and allowable practices should be reviewed. Additionally, members of congress should be limited to the number of votes and days they can miss due to campaigning. We need to focus on issues and voting record education and reduce campaigning, which is a huge benefit for incumbents.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Saint Louis, MO
I am personally torn between yes, and no. If the politician is doing the right thing then they are good, but the term limit could remove bad politicians quickly.
2mons ago from a Green in Elyria, OH
Some term limits need to be enforced but the question is how long ... it is true that legislating is complicated and experience and networking are an asset but the answer is to find a happy medium ... perhaps a three or four year term for the House, separated by two election cycles. Senators could serve longer for one term ...
2mons ago from a Democrat in Yorktown, IN
Congressmen should not be allowed more that 3 terms.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Pittsburg, CA
No, but the longer someone is in congress, they cannot participate in redistricting regardless of how their demographics change.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Silver Spring, MD
Yes, but set to two consecutive terms. They can flip-flop between House and Senate, but then they must sit out one complete election at the Federal Level
2mons ago from a Democrat in Fresno, CA
Limit the number of successive terms to two. After that they must take an election cycle off. They can run again after that one term break.
2mons ago from a Republican in Saint Robert, MO
No, term limits are not the answer but we must reform the process to reduce the power of incumbency.
2mons ago from a Republican in South Freeport, ME
One term only, no benefits, no retirement, minimum wage paid to public servants, office holder to pay staff out of their own pocket, staff may only serve one term. Anybody running for office has to choose which office to run for. May not sever as a congressman, senator , judicial (elected office not appointed) or administration for more than one term. May not run for another office in an other branch after serving.
2mons ago from a Republican in Dallas, TX
House of Representatives should be elected every 3 to 4 years. Now they spend too much time raising money to be re-elected every two years. No term limits to those conscientiously doing the peoples' work.
2mons ago from a Republican in Brewster, MA
Member of Congress should not be allowed to serve consecutive terms to prevent graft and corruption.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Morrisville, NC
Yes, a person should only be allowed to serve a total of 12 years in the house and 12 years in the senate.
2mons ago from a Republican in West Branch, IA
Yes, I believe there should be term limint to prevent government corruption but the limit should be set so there are enough tenured members present to prevent an all new panel of inexperienced members present.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Walnut Creek, CA
There should be term limits and no benefits. Those serving need to go back to their former professions after they serve their time in office.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Newport, WA
I don't believe there should be term limits, as I have no logical argument against them. The problem is one of "slippery slope" logic in which a congressman gets too much power. If this is not the case, then there is no problem. HOWEVER, as we've seen from states such as West Virginia, the general populous is too stupid to be entrusted with such responsibilities, so I must go against my beliefs and vote for term limits.
2mons ago from a Libertarian in Kerrville, TX
No but there should be greater financial disclosure requirements for all who "serve". Voters should know how their "public "servant" new worth changes while in office. Should also be restrictions on after office employment/consulting
2mons ago from a Democrat in Keller, TX
Yes, along with reforms to their compensation and campaign finance regulations, and measures to combat election fraud. The issue of what constitutes a natural born citizen for Article II Section 1 purposes should be settled once and for all as well, along with assigning responsibility and procedures for vetting future presidential and vice presidential candidates' eligibility.
2mons ago from a Republican in Louisville, KY
The whole system needs overhaul. it's turned into a popularity contest not who is most qualified. installing term limits may be one way of weeding out the corruption and incompetence.
2mons ago from a Republican in Burlington, NJ
Should go back to the old system where the Federal Reps were elected out of the state legislatures instead of separate polls. This would reduce the hold of the parties on our government.
2mons ago from a Libertarian in Springdale, AR
I feel as if term limits are essential, but increasing them slightly might not harm our government.
2mons ago from a Democrat in Nazareth, PA
It depends on the office. So much of the person's energies goes toward the next reelection that the common person's issues may not be addressed. If a person in Congress consistently reelected, and we are sure that the elections were held honestly, then why remove the person?
2mons ago from a Democrat in Wakefield, MA
I believe that the House and Senate should be reduced in size. The House should be reduced to four per state no matter how big the state. Senate one per state. Term limits for the House 2 four years and Senate 2 six years. If you serve in either one you can't serve in the other at any point in time. NO career legislature.
2mons ago from a Republican in Huntingtown, MD
Absolutely there should be term limits and furthermore all stocks and other connections to private businesses that come under the purview of Congress should be off limits to anyone in Congress. Everything must be sold beforehand and not allowed for at least two years afterward.
2mons ago from a Libertarian in Rock Springs, WY
I think the people should be more well informed about the actions of their representatives and they can choose to vote them out of office or not
2mons ago from a Republican in Fort Smith, AR
Yes, and we should stop paying and giving benefits to those sorry assholes after they leave office too. If I quit or get fired from a job they don't continue to pay me for my terrible performance. They are leeching off taxpayer dollars.
2mons ago from a Green in Chattanooga, TN
No. People can vote out the members of congress that they don't like.
2mons ago from a Green in Lakeville, MA
Yes 12 years in any combination between Senate and House. After which, such persons cannot hold positions that would require their direct interaction with any active congressional representative for another 12 years.
2mons ago from a Republican in Torrance, CA
Yes, term limits are necessary but need to be balanced against special interest manipulation. Limit of 12 years in any federal office (12 years House, 12 years Senate, 12 years Presidency).
3mons ago from a Democrat in Seattle, WA
Cut congressional pay to the avg wage. Cut their staffs to 2(total) each. They are supposed to be "citizen" legislators. NO pensions!
3mons ago from a Republican in Ocala, FL
Without term limits we have seen the fruition of the founders greatest fear, formation of "factions" and the rise of professional rather than citizen leaders!
3mons ago from a Republican in Sylvania, OH
Yes, and post-term benefits should be cut/reformed to match the length and type of service
3mons ago from a Libertarian in Bellevue, NE
No term limits,but mandatory retirement at age 75
3mons ago from a Democrat in Prairie Village, MO
If the drawing of districts are done in a fair and balanced way, in other words not by the political partties themselves, then term limits would not be necessary.
3mons ago from a Democrat in Fredonia, NY
Yes, only two terms may be served consecutively but no lifetime limit.
3mons ago from a Libertarian in Medina, WA
Whether or not there are term limits, the real issue is the fact that Congressional employees receive a pension for life, whether they serve one term or a full career. I think the benefits received post service should be like the military retiree and based on number of years served and, at a reduced monetary amount. The Congressional benefit system is totally out of line with the normal working industry who do not receive income unless they have contributed to a retirement plan and/or worked for 15 - 20 years with a company.
3mons ago from a Democrat in Chelsea, AL
No term limits but yes to limiting spending on campaigns-- campaigns should be publicly financed and limited to a small dollar amount. Corporations get polititians into office and keep them there if they benefit big business.
3mons ago from a Democrat in Midlothian, VA
No, but criminal history and background data should be reviewed to eliminate candidates from service.
3mons ago from a Libertarian in Circle Pines, MN
No, the American people need to understand that if they are unsatisfied with an elected officials performance they have a civic duty to try to vote that official out of office. Term limits are a passive aggressive way of saying to officials that the constituency doesn't like you.
3mons ago from a Democrat in Walla Walla, WA
No, but there might be age limits and definitely we need CONTRIBUTION limits. also: Your third answer is sexist. And has bad grammar.
3mons ago from a Democrat in Seattle, WA
Yes, we need new views and debate within Congress. There's absolutely nothing going on right now.
3mons ago from a Democrat in Milwaukee, WI
Yes, more research needs to be done about this topic.
3mons ago from a Libertarian in Miami, FL
No, but the American people should be made aware of any corruption from a nonpartisan source to make informed decisions during elections.
3mons ago from a Democrat in Panorama City, CA
Term limits tend to make politicians care less when they can't be re-elected. No limits means people can spend a lifetime in government and lose touch with real life. I therefore favor mandatory one-term sabbaticals every two terms for members of congress.
3mons ago from a Libertarian in Bothell, WA
Abolish representative democracy in favor of a direct consensus system of informal voting by freely associated individuals.
3mons ago from a Socialist in Portland, OR
Yes, but a moderate limit
3mons ago from a Green in Brisbane, CA
Term limits can potentially limit how effective the democratic process is
3mons ago from a Libertarian in Fishers, IN
Yes, including State an Federal levels. Also the Supreme Court Justices.
3mons ago from a Republican in Levittown, PA
I think that term limits would not curb corruption and pork barrel spending but not having them also leads to corruption and pork barrel spending. Catch 22
3mons ago from a Republican in Wendell, NC
No, If they are helpful to the U.S.A then allow them to be in office as long as needed but allow them to be voted out of office.
3mons ago from a Republican in Laconia, NH
They should be given several terms, but a limit should be set, due to shifts in social think. The several terms gives them a reason to do what they need to do, so they are re-elected.
3mons ago from a Socialist in Lebanon, OH
Absolutely!!We have people on both sides of the aisle that have never held a real job in the private sector. Look at our V/P..He has been sucking off the Govt. Tit since he was born. Many should have been gone years ago. My thoughts.
3mons ago from a Republican in Weir, TX