September 28, 2021
Contact: Scott Tillman, U.S. Term Limits
Phone: (321) 345-7455
Candidate for Michigan Governor Austin Chenge Signs Term Limits Pledge
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the national, non-partisan movement to limit terms for elected officials, is gathering support from state and federal candidates for political office across the nation. Its mission is to get 34 states to apply for an amendment proposal convention specific to term limits on Congress.
2022 candidate for Governor of Michigan, Austin Chenge has committed support for term limits on Congress by signing the U.S. Term Limits pledge. Chenge is the first signer in this race.
USTL President, Philip Blumel, commented on Chenge’s pledge saying, “Austin’s support of term limits shows that there are individuals who are willing to listen to the majority of voters who want term limits. America needs a Congress that will be served by citizen legislators, not career politicians.”
The U.S. Term Limits governor pledge is provided to candidates and incumbent governors. It reads, “I pledge that as governor, I will support the U.S. Term Limits resolution applying for an Article V convention for the limited purpose of enacting term limits on Congress.”
In the 1995 case, Thornton v. U.S. Term Limits, the Supreme Court of the United States opined that only a Constitutional Amendment could limit the terms of U.S. Senators and House Representatives. According to Nick Tomboulides, Executive Director of USTL, the best chance of imposing term limits on Congress is through an Article V Proposal Convention of state legislatures.
“The Constitution allows for amendments to be proposed by either 2/3 of Congress or 2/3 of the states. While we’d like for Congress to take the high road and propose term limits on itself, our goal is to trigger the latter, a national convention specifically for a term limits amendment,” claims Tomboulides. “That is why it is important to get buy-in from state legislators,” he added. Once proposed, the amendment must be ratified by 38 states.
Blumel noted, “More than 80% of Americans have rejected the career politician model and want to replace it with citizen leadership. The way to achieve that goal is through a congressional term limits amendment. Austin knows this and is willing to work to make sure we reach our goal.”
According to the latest nationwide poll on term limits conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, term limits enjoys wide bipartisan support. McLaughlin’s analysis states, “Support for term limits is broad and strong across all political, geographic and demographic groups. An overwhelming 80% of voters approve of a Constitutional Amendment that will place term limits on members of Congress.”
While the role of governor is simply ministerial, he or she has a very powerful pulpit when it comes to the term limits convention. If the governor is a strong advocate for it, despite the fact that he doesn’t need to sign the bill and cannot veto it, he or she may have some influence over the legislature to make it happen.
U.S. Term Limits is the largest grassroots term limits advocacy group in the country. We connect term limits supporters with their legislators and work to pass term limits on all elected officials, particularly on the U.S. Congress. Find out more at termlimits.org.