Regardless of whether constitutional amendment passes, he'll self-impose term limit if elected
EDWARDS SIGNS PLEDGE. Republican 1st District U.S. House candidate Eddie Edwards this week signed a pledge to cosponsor a constitutional amendment that would limit the terms of House members and senators to three and two terms, respectively.
Edwards said that regardless of whether a term limits amendment is enacted, he will impose a term limit on himself if elected, promising to serve no more than three terms.
“This is not, nor will it ever be, a career for me, but rather a continuation of my commitment to public service," Edwards said.
The pledge is promoted by a self-described nonprofit nonpartisan group, U.S. Term Limits, which has been in existence since 1992. The group is supporting House Joint Resolution 6, which was introduced in January by U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida.
It seeks an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to limit House members to three 2-year terms and senators to two 6-year terms. It has 37 cosponsors, all Republicans, and has been referred to a House subcommittee.
"Washington is broken because our elected officials are too busy worrying about their next election rather than achieving results for American families,” Edwards said. “They are unwilling to tackle the tough issues because for many, representation in Congress has become about personal careers rather than about service for the people. That's wrong.”
"We are only going to change Congress when we stop electing career politicians and start enacting laws that limit their tenure. The parameters outlined in the U.S. Term Limits Amendment are a great start, but I believe we can take even more actions to ensure Senators, members of Congress, and even their staffers are forced to make their time in Washington about serving their constituents rather than lucrative career advancement.”
The only other announced Republican candidate for the 1st District seat, state Sen. Andy Sanborn, signed the pledge in July. In an interview in June, Sanborn said he would push for limiting House members to six terms and senators to two terms.
Both Republicans are hoping to face Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in the 2018 general election.
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