For immediate release
November 6, 2020
Contact: U.S. Term Limits
Phone: (321) 428-4235
Term Limits Tidal Wave as Record Number of Pledge Signers Elected to Congress
Washington, D.C. – Even as ballot counting continues, a record number of term limits supporters have been elected to the U.S. Congress. U.S. Term Limits is proud to announce that at least 93 members of the incoming 117th Congress have taken the pledge to support a resolution to place term limits on Congress. With more votes still being counted and a few special elections on the horizon, that number is likely to increase.
“It’s a big deal. Nearly one hundred incoming Congress members have signed our term limits pledge promising to term limit Congress,” says Stacey Selleck, Digital Director at U.S. Term Limits. “We’re optimistic about having bipartisan support on an amendment that focuses on the desperately needed election reform that term limits bring,” Selleck added.
Lawmakers who signed the pledge were elected from nearly every state including many new signers in Michigan, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, and Tennessee. The states with the largest count of pledge signers are Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania and New York. Incumbent senators who support the term limits resolution include Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, Dan Crenshaw, Rand Paul and incoming senator Tommy Tuberville.
The U.S. Term Limits congressional 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 U.S. House by Representative Francis Rooney (HJR20).
Having Congress propose the amendment is just one path to a term limits victory. U.S. Term Limits is also working towards getting the state legislatures to propose the amendment. Once proposed, regardless of method, it must be ratified by 38 states in order to become the next amendment to the Constitution.
“Our goal is to fix a broken seniority system by invigorating Congress with a diversity of experiences,” says Selleck. “This is a sharp contrast to the current Congress that has expertise being adept at political shenanigans depriving the country of true representation,” Selleck concluded.
According to a 2018 nationwide poll on term limits conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, term limits enjoy 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.”
To see a list of the incoming Congressional pledge signers, visit https://www.termlimits.com/117thCongressPledgeSigners.pdf.
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.