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Term Limits

Like many Americans, I am frustrated by a government filled with career politicians who prioritize protecting their career over protecting their constituents. I believe that public service should not be a career. There should be no incentive for politicians to protect their own seat, no reason for politicians to consolidate power and influence among the Washington elite and corporate lobbyists. Politicians should answer only to the will of the people in the ballot booths on Election Day. In 1995, a very close decision by the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot impose their own qualifications on prospective members of the U.S. Congress. Therefore, the only way to implement change is through a Constitutional amendment. If elected to Congress, I will fight for an initiative to amend the Constitution to provide the following limitations on federal office:

  • Members of the U.S. House of Representatives should be limited to no more than five two year terms.
  • U.S. Senators should serve no more than two terms of six years each.
  • The Presidency should be restructured into a single six-year term.

The goal of these changes is to limit the amount of time politicians spend appealing to special interests and powerful donors, and instead focus their attention on the issues.
Many politicians, including some currently representing Virginia in the House of Representatives, have promised to go to Washington and do a job, and then resign. They bluster about term limits but take no real action on the matter, because the career politicians refuse to vote for a bill that would limit their own power. Americans want term limits. Career politicians want to stay in power. Americans want a government filled with fresh ideas and forward-thinkers. Career politicians want a government filled with their puppets.

I do not seek power for power’s sake. I believe the people are begging for a representative who puts their needs first, and is not beholden to the powers of the large political parties and special interest groups.  I seek to answer the call set forth by President John F. Kennedy in his 1961 inaugural address, "ask what you can do for your country".  I intend to serve my community, my state and my beloved country by faithfully representing the peoples of the 9th district. 

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