Overwhelming Number of Term Limits Pledge Signers in West Virginia

U.S. Term Limits issued the following announcement on Oct. 28.

U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the national movement to limit terms for elected officials, is currently gathering support from state and federal lawmakers across the nation. Its mission is to enact term limits on Congress via an amendment to the U.S. Constitution and to implement and defend term limits on state legislatures. Several West Virginia state senators and delegates, from multiple party affiliations, have pledged to support this effort.

The state senators who committed their support to passing a resolution through the West Virginia legislature for an Article V convention (so the states may propose the term limits on Congress amendment) are Randy Smith (district 14), Greg Boso (district 11), Glenn Jeffries (district 8) and Kenny Mann (district 10), Paul Hardesty (district 7), Mark Maynard (district 6) and Patricia Rucker (district 16).

West Virginia delegates who have signed are Jordan Hill (district 41), Doug Skaff (district 35), John Hardy (district 63), D.R.”Buck” Jennings (district 53), Zack Maynard (district 22), Christopher Toney (district 31), Patrick Martin (district 46), Caleb Hanna (district 44), Pat McGeehan (district 1), Chris Phillips (district 47), Michael Angelucci (district 50), Sammi Brown (district 65), Ralph Rodighiero (district 24), Robert Thompson (district 19), Eric Nelson (district 35), Tom Azinger (district 10) and Ben Queen (district 48).

USTL President, Philip Blumel, commented on the pledges, saying, “This support of term limits shows that there are lawmakers who are willing to listen to the majority of voters who want term limits. America needs state, local, and federal governments that will be served by citizen legislators, not career politicians.”The U.S. Term Limits amendment convention pledge is provided to state candidates and members of state legislatures. It reads, “I pledge that as a member of the state legislature, I will support and vote for the resolution applying for an Article V convention for the limited purpose of enacting term limits on Congress.”

In the 1995 case, Thornton v. U.S. Term Limits, the Supreme Court of the United States opined that only a Constitutional Amendment could limit the terms of U.S. Senators and House Representatives. Once proposed, the amendment must be ratified by 38 states.

Blumel noted, “More than 82% of Americans have rejected the career politician model and want to replace it with citizen leadership. These supporters know this and are willing to work to make sure we reach our goal.”

According to the last nationwide poll on term limits conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, conducted in January 2018, term limits enjoy wide bipartisan support. McLaughlin’s analysis states, “Support for term limits is broad and strong across all political, geographic and demographic groups.”

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