U.S. Term Limits Welcomes Former State Senate President Chuck Morse As New Hampshire State Chair
Concord, NH — During a press conference held on May 23, 2023 at the state house building, Chuck Morse, former state senate president, announced he has accepted the invitation to be the New Hampshire state chair for USTL Morse brings to the role extensive experience in both private and public service. He has seen firsthand the need for term limits at the federal level. As New Hampshire State Chair, he will work tirelessly to ensure that the Granite state adopts a resolution for term limits, using his intimate knowledge of the state house to help approve a congressional term limits resolution.
Vice Chair of the House Judiciary, Scott Wallace, who represents Rockingham County District 8, introduced Morse to supporters and media at the press conference.
In Morse’s announcement he stated: “New Hampshire attracts volunteers who live under the same laws that they pass. Our representatives are accountable to us, and we hold them to high standards of public service. It’s time to bring the same level of accountability to Washington DC. That’s why I’ve decided to chair the U.S. Term Limits effort here in New Hampshire. We need to send a clear message to our representatives in Washington DC that we expect them to serve the people, not their own interests.”
Scott Wallace: Good afternoon. My name is Scott Wallace, currently in my fourth term representing Rockingham County District 8, and I currently serve as Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Friends, term limits on Congress is a critical issue. We are gaining momentum every day. As the primary sponsor of the term limits resolution in New Hampshire for the three-and-a-half terms, I am pleased to introduce our new U.S. Term Limits state chairman who will help us get it passed in the Granite state.
Chuck Morse is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire. Born in Salem. He holds a bachelor’s in business from Plymouth State University. He’s the owner of Freshwater Farms, a landscaping business, and Garden Center in Southern New Hampshire. He is married to Susan, and they have one daughter. My friend Chuck Morse served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1998 through 2002. He served in the New Hampshire State Senate from 2002 to 2006 and led the Senate Finance Committee. Chuck is no stranger to hard work. He returned to the State Senate in 2010 and was elected State Senate President in 2013. When Republicans lost the Senate majority, he was selected as minority leader. When Republicans regained the majority in 2020, he was again elected Senate president. In that position, he served as acting governor for two days. He was a great candidate for the U.S. Senate, and I know that we’ll be hearing more from him in the future, but today I’m pleased to introduce our New Hampshire State Chairman, Chuck Morse.
Chuck Morse: You’re getting all techy on me. It’s not me, I should be in that finance room in there, making decisions this afternoon. Someone asked what I’ve been doing with my life, and my nails are clean, so believe it or not, I’ve been at the farm working as hard as anyone lately. And you mentioned my daughter Emma, so I’ll throw the plug in. She is getting married in six weeks, and I can’t wait for that wedding. And up until then I’m going to be enjoying it. But I want to take a minute and talk about an issue that’s been on my mind for some time. The need for federal term limits. For too long, we have watched as career politicians and bureaucrats have taken over Washington DC and made decisions that don’t reflect the values or the needs of American people. In DC, decisions are being made by overpaid politicians, and they’ve ensured that our elected officials are held accountable by the people we serve, like we do here in New Hampshire. We have a long tradition as citizen legislators who serve their constituents while running their businesses, working hard and being an active member of their community.
We know that this model works, because we see it in action every day in our state legislature. New Hampshire attracts volunteers who live under the same laws that they pass. Our representatives are accountable to us, and we hold them to high standards of public service. It’s time to bring the same level of accountability to Washington DC. That’s why I’ve decided to chair the U.S. Term Limits effort here in New Hampshire. We need to send a clear message to our representatives in Washington DC that we expect them to serve the people, not their own interests. It’s time to put an end to the era of career politicians and bring back citizen legislators who are accountable to the people. Federal term limits will help to ensure that our federal elected officials remain accountable to the people they serve, rather than entrenched in political interest.
It will encourage fresh ideas and new perspectives in government, as well as ensure that there is turnover in Washington DC. Federal term limits will also help to prevent the accumulation of power and the influence by a select few and keep our government truly representative of the people. We cannot continue to allow politicians to make a career out of public service. It’s time to take back Washington DC and put an end to the cycle of corruption and entrenched interests. By supporting federal term limits, we can ensure that our government remains of the people, by the people, and for the people.
As former President of the New Hampshire Senate, I know first-hand the importance of accountability in public service. I’ve seen the benefits of citizen legislators who serve the people and then return to private lives, volunteering day in and day out here in New Hampshire to serve the taxpayers and stay involved and connected in their communities. It’s time to bring back the same level of accountability to Washington DC and put an end to the era of career politicians. I urge all of you to join me in supporting federal term limits for our elected officials. Let’s do things the New Hampshire way and hold our representatives accountable to the people they serve. Together, we can take back Washington DC and ensure that our government truly represents the needs and values of Granite staters and the American people alike. Thanks for coming out and listening to me, and I’m proud to chair this Term Limits organization. Thank you.
Moderator: Can you take some questions?
Chuck Morse: Sure.
Question: So, senator, what’s the best way to get this done?
Chuck Morse: Well, we have to go through the New Hampshire legislature. Obviously, I worked hard to get that support in the Senate, and I think we have to work a little bit harder with the House to make sure we get that support. But this is a budget year, I knew what I was up against this year, they’re paying attention to that, and they should be. Next year, they ought to pay attention to this, because I think we ought to accomplish this and send a strong message that New Hampshire is behind term limits.
Question: How do you convince people that are on the fence about it?
Chuck Morse: I don’t think people are on the fence about it, I think the public is totally in support of what I’m trying to back here. I think we need to get the legislature to do what they do best in New Hampshire, is go out, listen to the people and the people I’m certain are behind this.
Question: And where do you draw the line on what’s an appropriate term?
Chuck Morse: Oh, I think two terms, I obviously had experience saying that once before. I think that’s where we should make it for the U.S. Senate seats, and that’s what we’ll fight to make sure we do.
Question: Why is it important for the current delegation in New Hampshire?
Chuck Morse: Well, I think it’s important throughout the country. I think we’ve seen what the problem is, people that basically stay there too long gain too much power and forget that they need to listen to the people back home. And I think that’s an important part of getting Washington back on track. It’s definitely not listening to us here in New Hampshire. I think we’re doing a great job here, and we should take that to Washington.
U.S. Term Limits is the largest only national nonprofit organization advocating solely for term limits. Our mission is to improve the quality of government with a citizen legislature that closely reflects its constituency and is responsive to the needs of the people it serves. Find out more at termlimits.org.