Four-Term Congressman Introduces Constitutional Amendment for Term Limits

Rep. Matt Salmon previously pledged to serve only three terms.

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Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz. has proposed a constitutional amendment to limit members of the House and Senate to three terms.

Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., has just proposed a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress. Salmon himself is in his fourth term. There are currently no term limits in Congress.

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The issue of term limits has trailed Salmon throughout his career. Back in the 1990s, he pledged to serve only three terms and actually followed through on that promise, retiring from Congress in 2001. But when his replacement, then-Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., opted to run for the Senate in 2012, Salmon came back, saying term limits only worked if they applied to everyone.

"Guys like me consistently vote to cut spending, and then Ted Kennedy and Senator Byrd stay on and on," he told the Weekly Standard. The late Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., was the longest-serving senator in American history, serving for more than 51 years; the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., was the fourth, having served nearly 47 years. Byrd died in 2009 at the age of 92. Kennedy passed away in 2009 at the age of 77.

Now, Salmon has proposed an amendment to make term limits apply to all his colleagues in both the House and the Senate. But don't count on it going anywhere — GovTrack estimates a 0 percent chance of the bill getting past committee, and a 0 percent chance of it being enacted.

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