Wisconsin State Rep. Timothy Ramthun Honored for Term Limits Support
Madison, WI — Wisconsin state representative Timothy Ramthun (district 59) was honored for his support of term limits on Congress. U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the nation’s oldest and largest pro-term limits group condones Ramthun for his ardent support of term limits.
Kenn Quinn, Regional Director with USTL presented the representative the “Champion of Term Limits” honor that reads, “In recognition of a steadfast commitment to restore citizen government through term limits.” Ramthun is sponsor of assembly joint resolution 16 (AJR16) calling for a national term limits convention. The resolution does not set the specific length of term limits, rather, it simply starts a discussion among the states on what the ideal term limits of Congressmembers should be.
The resolution summary reads, “Assembly Joint Resolution 16 applies to the United States Congress for a Convention of the States to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress.”
Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, the states have more power to amend the Constitution than the Congress does. In this situation, Congress would have a conflict of interest to propose term limits on itself. Recognizing this, the founders assured the states could both propose and ratify amendments without the approval of Congress. AJR16 leverages this power so the states may act in the best interest of the people.
AJR16 must be approved by both chambers of the state legislature in order for Wisconsin to be counted in the states calling for a term limits convention.
Ramthun is in good company in his commitment. More than ten Wisconsin representatives have pledged to support AJR16 with many more indicating they will vote to approve it. These representatives know that their constituents want term limits on Congress. According to a 2020 poll of voters in the state conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, term limits enjoy wide bipartisan support. In Wisconsin, 82% of Republicans, 69% of Democrats, and 74% of independents strongly approve of placing term limits on members of Congress.
In addition, Wisconsin’s U.S. Representative Tom Tiffany has signed USTL’s term limits pledge and cosponsored USTL’s term limits resolution in Congress.
Once the amendment is proposed by either Congress or the states at a national convention, it must be ratified by 38 states in order to become part of the U.S. Constitution.
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.