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Congressman Ro Khanna

Representing the 17th District of California

RELEASE: Reps. Ro Khanna and Jodey Arrington Introduce Bipartisan Term Limits Legislation

May 18, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Reps. Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Jodey Arrington (TX-19) introduced new bipartisan legislation today that would institute term limits for members of Congress. The amendment would limit members of the U.S. House of Representatives to serving six two-year terms and members of the U.S. Senate to serving two six-year terms. The legislation would not penalize a Member of Congress for serving partial terms following a special election or appointment, prior to their own re-election.

Read the legislation that proposes an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to establish congressional term limits.

Congress has a lower turnover rate than European monarchies, with 97 percent of Representatives and 93 percent of Senators winning reelection. This incumbency advantage for career politicians goes against what the Founding Fathers envisioned for the United States.

“Enacting term limits will give more voices the opportunity to serve in Congress and bring fresh ideas and new energy to Capitol Hill,” said Rep. Ro Khanna. “Being a member of Congress needn’t be a lifetime career, but instead more people should have the chance to work in public service.”

“We need an environment that encourages politicians to do what is right—not for their party or special interests—but for their country,” said Rep. Jodey Arrington. “That is why I am proud to work in a bipartisan manner alongside my colleague, Congressman Ro Khanna, to fight for term limits in Congress.”

The congressmen will discuss the bill during a Facebook Live Q&A at 5:00 pm Eastern today. Visit https://www.facebook.com/JodeyArrington/ to tune in.

In March, Reps. Khanna and Arrington took to the House floor in support of term limits and reforming Congress. Links to videos of those speeches are below.

  • Rep. Khanna: “Term limits is not a partisan issue.”
  • Rep. Arrington: “We need an environment that encourages politicians to do what’s right.”

About the Office

Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.