Last updated on: 2/27/2024 | Author: ProCon.org

Should Term Limits Be Imposed on U.S. Senators and Representatives?

In the legislative branch, composed of the House of Representatives and the Senate (collectively called Congress), representatives may serve unlimited two-year terms and senators may serve unlimited six-year terms. Otherwise, the U.S. Constitution has always only set out simple requirements for representatives (25 years old or older, a U.S. citizen for at least seven years, and a resident of the state they represent) and senators (30 years old or older, a U.S. citizen for at least nine years, and a resident of the state they represent). For more on congressional term limits, explore the ProCon debate.

PRO (yes)

Pro

Donald Trump:

“I recently had a terrific meeting with a bipartisan group of freshman lawmakers who feel very strongly in favor of Congressional term limits. I gave them my full support and endorsement for their efforts. #DrainTheSwamp”

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Donald Trump, twitter.com, Apr. 30, 2018

CON (no)

Con

Joe Biden:

“No, I don’t support it…. The only way small state senators have been able to fend for their states is get seniority and be able to get something done.”

Editors’ Note: In Oct. 1997, then Senator Biden voted against a congressional term limits bill. The report includes an older con argument from Biden on the issue.

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Nick Tomboulides, “We Asked Biden about Term Limits and, of Course, He Flubbed It,” termlimits.com, Sep. 10, 2019

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr:

No position found as of Feb. 22, 2024