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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: September 15, 2020 03:58 PM
From: Senator John DiSanto
To: All Senate members
Subject: Congressional Term Limits
I will soon introduce a concurrent resolution calling for a Convention of States under Article V of the United States Constitution limited to proposing a constitutional amendment to enact term limits for members of Congress.

Elected office is a public service and a calling to represent the best interests of our fellow citizens, not a career predicated upon individual advancement or reelection. While many answer the call to public service with good intentions, we have seen how careerism and self-preservation in the insular halls of power in our nation’s Capital leads to the service of entrenched special interests rather than one’s constituents and the common good.

Term limits are an important reality check for members of Congress as elected officials must return to the real world and live under the laws they passed rather than spend their entire lives in office. Term limits maintain a member of Congress’ ability to maintain critical and independent judgement over issues without becoming beholden to lobbyists and executive agencies. Term limits also provide fresh perspectives and ideas by increasing Congressional turnover and limiting incumbent advantages.

As a career private sector businessman turned citizen legislator who has personally term-limited myself, I share the public’s frustration with respect to career politicians serving themselves and enjoying perks and privileges those in the private sector do not.  

A Convention of States is the only way We the People can act as a check on Congress as an institution, as its membership has routinely failed to term limit themselves. This concurrent resolution serves as Pennsylvania’s application for such a convention and joins many other states that have already approved or are considering similar resolutions. I ask you to please join me in support of this important resolution.

Introduced as SR377