About U.S. Term Limits

Citizen Legislators, Not Career Politicians

“Term Limits is known as the largest grassroots movement in American history, and US Term Limits (USTL) was, and still is, the leader of that movement”

Term limits have been placed on 15 state legislatures, eight of the ten largest cities in America adopted term limits for their city councils and/or mayor, and 37 states place term limits on their constitutional officers.

US Term Limits stands up against government malpractice. We are the voice of the American citizen. We want a government of the people, by the people, and for the people- not a ruling class who care more about deals to benefit themselves, than their constituents.

We have worked tirelessly with citizens all across the nation, helping them better understand why term limits are a necessary government reform, and how to implement that vision from your town council to Congress.


U.S. Term Limits (USTL), based out of Washington, D.C., advocates for term limits at all levels of government. Since it was established in the early 1990s, USTL has assisted in enacting and defending term limits on state legislatures in 15 states as well as Congressional term limits in 23 states. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton that states may not individually enact term limits for their members of Congress and the popular and hard-won Congressional term limits never went into effect.

USTL was and continues to be at the forefront of the term limits movement. Using the citizen initiative as its most potent tool, the term limits movement is considered to be among the most successful grass roots movements in American history. To this day, voters in states and municipalities across the country are enacting and reaffirming term limit laws one election cycle after another.


In 1995, when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that state enacted term limits for members of Congress were unconstitutional, the term limits debate changed. This decision mandated only one path for the enactment of term limits, a constitutional amendment, and in the process severely hampered the term limits movement.

However, in 2008 Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced S.J.R. 21, an amendment that if passed would place 3 terms on the U.S. House of Representatives and 2 terms on the U.S. Senate, the most commonly accepted length of terms of those respective bodies. The courage of DeMint to stand up to lobbyists and special interests gave the term limits movement a new life. This is why we are calling on all candidates for Congress in the 2010 cycle to sign the U.S. Term Limits Constitutional Amendment and publicly show their support for a necessary reform to Congress.


Simply put, voters love term limits. Polling consistently shows support for term limits in the mid 70 percent range or higher. Major votes on state legislative term limits have been held in California, Maine and South Dakota over the last few years and overwhelmingly voters defended their state’s term limits law.

Term limits provide fresh faces with fresh ideas to elected office. They reduce lobbyist and special interest influence and make room in Congress for the citizen legislator. Americans are sick of the political games and power politics; they are ready for a return to a citizen legislature which was the intent of our founding fathers. Those in Congress committed to bringing genuine change to Washington are invited to sign the U.S. Term Limits Constitutional Amendment Pledge calling for Congressional term limits of three terms in the House and two in the Senate.

Help us in our fight or join by signing our term limits petition & let freedom ring.


US Term Limits

US Term Limits
1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 261-3532

Citizen Legislators, Not Career Politicians.