For immediate release
April 9, 2019
Contact: Scott Tillman, U.S. Term Limits
Phone: (321) 345-7455
Five Candidates in North Carolina CD-09 Sign Term Limits Pledge
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the national movement to limit terms for elected officials, praises state senator Dan Bishop, candidate for U.S. House in North Carolina congressional district 9, for signing the congressional term limits pledge. Previously, four other candidates, Stony Rushing, Stevie Rivenbark, Matthew Ridenhour and Leigh Brown, also signed the pledge.
The seat was formerly held by Rep. Pittenger, who lost the 2018 primary to Mark Harris, both pledge signers. A special election was called to fill the vacancy after allegations of vote tampering resulted in an uncertified election result.
The U.S. Term Limits amendment pledge is provided to every announced candidate for federal office. It reads, “I pledge that as a member of Congress I will cosponsor and vote for the U.S. Term Limits amendment of three (3) House terms and two (2) Senate terms and no longer limit.” The U.S. Term Limits Constitutional Amendment has been introduced in both the U.S. Senate by Senator Ted Cruz (SJR1) and the House of Representatives by Representative Francis Rooney (HJR20).
There are nearly 70 pledge signers in the 116th Congress. USTL President Philip Blumel commented on the pledges saying, “Strong support of term limits in North Carolina’s ninth congressional district shows that there are individuals who are willing to put self-interest aside to follow the will of the people. America needs a Congress that will be served by citizen legislators, not career politicians.”
Blumel noted, “More than 82% of Americans have rejected the career politician model and want to replace it with citizen leadership. The way to achieve that goal is through congressional term limits. Bishop, Brown, Ridenhour, Rushing, and Rivenbark know this and they are willing to work to make sure we reach that goal.”
According to the last nationwide poll on term limits conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, conducted in January 2018, term limits enjoys wide cross-partisan 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.”
Blumel concluded, “America is in trouble. Our career politicians have let the people down. It is time to limit their terms and return control of our nation to the people. It is time for a constitutional amendment limiting congressional terms.”
The term limits amendment bills would require a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate, and ratification by 38 states in order to become part of the U.S. Constitution.
Congressional term limits is the one issue supported by both President Trump and former President Obama.
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.