by Stacey Selleck
Today, Democratic Party U.S. Rep. Kwanza Hall of Georgia’s 5th Congressional District cosponsored U.S. House Joint Resolution 20 (HJR20). The measure that proposes to place term limits on members of Congress is sponsored by Republican Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida.
HJR20 reads, “No person who has served 3 terms as a Representative shall be eligible for election to the House of Representatives” in section 1. The second section states “No person who has served 2 terms as a Senator shall be eligible for election or appointment to the Senate.”
Rep. Hall was elected in a December 2020 special election runoff to fill the remainder of Rep. John Lewis’s term representing the Atlanta area district. Lewis, a civil rights activist, died earlier this year at age 80 after serving thirty-three years in Congress. Hall signed the pledge in October promising to support term limits after neither of the contenders earned 50% of the vote in the September contest. Last week, Hall was honored with a term limits award presented by USTL board member, Paul Jacob.
Hall joins 56 of his fellow Congressmembers who signed onto this bipartisan resolution. They are:
Philip Blumel, President of U.S. Term Limits commented, “Georgia citizens should be proud to have Rep. Hall cosponsor this important election reform. Term limits will release seats from the stranglehold of lifelong politicians allowing badly needed diversity of experience into Congress.”
According to the last 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 82% of voters approve of a constitutional amendment that will place term limits on members of Congress.”