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16-USTL on Nov 8, 2014

Report: pledging 6-year term limit
Source: Press release from U.S. Term Limits
Organizational Self-Description: U.S. Term Limits, the nation's oldest and largest term limits advocacy group, announced that 14 new signers of its congressional term limits amendment pledge have been elected to the 114th Congress. The group includes five new senators, eight new House members and one House incumbent who signed the pledge for the first time this cycle. The pledge calls for members to co-sponsor and vote for a constitutional amendment limiting House members to three terms (six years) and Senators to two terms (12 years). The USTL President said, "The American people are fed up with career politicians in Washington and strongly embracing term limits as a remedy. Gallup polling shows that 75% of Americans support term limits."

Opposing legal argument: [ACLU, Nov. 7, 2014]: In U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton (May 22, 1995), the Court ended the movement to enact term limits for Congress on a state-by-state basis. The Court held that the qualifications for Congress established in the Constitution itself could not be amended by the states without a constitutional amendment, and that the notion of congressional term limits violates the "fundamental principle of our representative democracy 'that the people should chose whom they please to govern them.'"

Opposing political argument: [Cato Institute Briefing Paper No. 14, Feb. 18, 1992]: Several considerations may explain political scientists' open hostility to term limitation:

  • Political scientists were instrumental in promoting the professionalization of legislators.
  • They are cynical about the attentiveness, general knowledge, and judgmental capacity of the average voter.
  • They are committed to the conservation of leadership.
  • They perceive attacks on professional politicians as a threat to their own self-proclaimed professionalism.
  • And political partisanship may encourage them to oppose term limits.
Also see Term Limits constitutional amendment


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 16. Question 16: Make voter registration easier Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Government Reform
  • Headline: Elected to House with pledge of 6-year term limit (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Elected to Senate with pledge of 12-year term limit (Score: 1)
  • Headline 3: Signed term limit pledge: 6 years House; 12 years Senate (Score: 1)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 16-USTL

Gordon Ball s3sTN Democratic ChallengerNov 1, 2014
John Bohlinger s3sMT Democratic Senate ChallengerNov 1, 2014
John Carney s3sDE Democratic candidate for GovernorNov 1, 2010
Tom Carper s3sDE Democratic Sr SenatorNov 1, 2010
Chris Coons s3sDE Democratic Jr SenatorNov 1, 2010
Parker Griffith s3sAL Democratic Challenger for GovernorNov 1, 2012
Ted Kaufman s3sDE Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010)Nov 1, 2010
John Yarmuth s3sKentucky DemocratNov 1, 2010



Republicans participating in 16-USTL

Rick Allen s1sGeorgia Republican House MemberNov 1, 2014
Bob Barr s3sGeorgia Republican ChallengerNov 1, 2014
Jeff Bell s3sNJ Republican Senate challengerNov 1, 2014
Kerry Bentivolio s3sMichigan RepublicanNov 1, 2012
Matt Bevin s3sKY Republican 2015 Gubernatorial candidateNov 1, 2014
Rod Blum s1sIowa Republican House MemberNov 1, 2014
Dave Brat s1sVirginia Republican House MemberNov 1, 2014
Lee Bright s3sSC Republican ChallengerNov 1, 2014
Ken Buck s1sCO Republican Challenger (withdrawn)Nov 1, 2014
Bill Cassidy s2sLA Republican ChallengerNov 1, 2014
David Clements s3sNM Republican Senate ChallengerNov 1, 2014
Tom Coburn s3sOK Republican Jr Senator; previously RepresentativeNov 1, 2012
John Cox s3sPOTUS RepublicanNov 1, 2016
Steve Daines s2sMontana Republican (Senate run 2014)Nov 1, 2014
Geoff Davis s3sKentucky Republican (Retiring 2012)Nov 1, 2010
Jim DeMint s3sSC Republican Jr Senator; previously RepresentativeNov 1, 2010
Ron DeSantis s3sFL Republican Senate candidateNov 1, 2016
Jeff Duncan s3sSouth Carolina RepublicanNov 1, 2010
Deb Fischer s3sNE Republican Senate ChallengerNov 1, 2012
Trey Gowdy s3sSouth Carolina RepublicanNov 1, 2010
Lindsey Graham s3sSC Republican Sr SenatorNov 1, 2010
Derrick Grayson s3sGA Republican Senate candidateNov 1, 2016
Frank Guinta s1sNew Hampshire Republican House MemberNov 1, 2014
Brett Guthrie s3sKentucky RepublicanNov 1, 2010
Karen Handel s3sGA Republican ChallengerNov 1, 2014
Brian Herr s3sMA Republican Senate ChallengerNov 1, 2014
Jack Hoogendyk s3sMI Republican Senate challenger (2008)Nov 1, 2012
Jack Kingston s3sGA Republican ChallengerNov 1, 2014
Dan Liljenquist s3sUT Republican Primary Challenger (2012)Nov 1, 2012
Peg Littleton s3sCO Republican Senate candidateNov 1, 2016
Carlos Lopez-Cantera s3sFL Republican Senate ChallengerNov 1, 2016
Nancy Mace s3sSC Republican Senate challengerNov 1, 2014
Josh Mandel s3sOH Republican NomineeNov 1, 2012
Rob Maness s3sLA Republican ChallengerNov 1, 2016
Mitch McConnell s3sKY Republican Sr SenatorNov 1, 2010
Chris McDaniel s3sMS Republican challengerNov 1, 2014
Richard Mourdock s3sIN Republican ChallengerNov 1, 2012
Christine O`Donnell s3sDE Republican Senate ChallengerNov 1, 2010
Jim Oberweis s3sIL Republican Senate ChallengerNov 1, 2014
Gary Palmer s1sAlabama Republican House MemberNov 1, 2014
Rand Paul s3sKY Republican Jr SenatorNov 1, 2010
David Perdue s2sGA Republican challengerNov 1, 2014
Mike Pompeo s3sKansas RepublicanNov 1, 2010
John Raese s3sWV Republican Senate ChallengerNov 1, 2012
John Ratcliffe s1sTexas Republican House MemberNov 1, 2014
Thomas Ravenel s3sSC Republican Senate challengerNov 1, 2014
Hal Rogers s3sKentucky RepublicanNov 1, 2010
Tom Rooney s1sFlorida RepublicanNov 1, 2014
Duane Sand s3sND Republican Primary ChallengerNov 1, 2012
Mark Sanford s3sSC Former Republican Governor (2002-2010)Nov 1, 2014
Ben Sasse s2sNebraska Republican ChallengerNov 1, 2014
Marc Scaringi s3sPA Former Republican Challenger (2012)Nov 1, 2012
Tim Scott s3sSC Republican Senator-AppointeeNov 1, 2010
Tom Smith s3sPA Republican ChallengerNov 1, 2012
Sarah Steelman s3sMO Republican ChallengerNov 1, 2012
Don Stenberg s3sNE Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012)Nov 1, 2012
Marlin Stutzman s3sIN Republican Senate candidateNov 1, 2012
Thom Tillis s2sNC Republican ChallengerNov 1, 2014
Kelli Ward s3sAZ Republican Senate ChallengerNov 1, 2016
Allen Weh s3sNM Republican Senate ChallengerNov 1, 2014
Steve Welch s3sPA Former Republican Challenger (2012)Nov 1, 2012
Ed Whitfield s3sKentucky RepublicanNov 1, 2010
Joe Wilson s3sSouth Carolina RepublicanNov 1, 2010
Milton Wolf s3sKS Republican ChallengerNov 1, 2014
Todd Young s3sIN Republican Senate ChallengerNov 1, 2016
Lee Zeldin s1sNew York Republican House MemberNov 1, 2014



Independents participating in 16-USTL

Scotty Boman s3sMI Libertarian Senate ChallengerNov 1, 2012
Jack Conway s3sKY 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; formerly Attorney GeneralNov 1, 2010
Margaret Flowers s3sMD Green Senate candidateNov 1, 2016
Frank Gilbert s3sAR Libertarian Gubernatorial ChallengerNov 1, 2016
Alvin Greene s3sSC 2010 Democratic ChallengerNov 1, 2010
Sean Haugh s3sNC Libertarian Senate challengerNov 1, 2014
George LeMieux s3sFL 2012 Republican Primary ChallengerNov 1, 2012
Joe Miller s3sAK Challenger and previous Republican NomineeNov 1, 2014
Mick Mulvaney s3sSC Budget DirectorNov 1, 2010
Scott Noren s3sNY Independent ChallengerNov 1, 2012
Marvin Pro-Life Richardson s3sID Independent American Senate candidateNov 1, 2016
Cean Stevens s3sAK Libertarian Senate candidateNov 1, 2016



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 8
Republicans: 66
Independents: 12


















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