Term limits would improve Senate

Following the recent Georgia senate runoff, there has been much attention towards the U.S. Senate, including debate surrounding the idea of implementing term limits for current senators. Many young people have argued that having no term limits has led to older politicians being the majority in our government who are unrepresentative of the entire population.

While I don’t believe having no term limits directly results in having older members in Congress, I do believe it contributes much to it. With senator terms lasting six years — four years longer than their House of Representatives counterparts and two years longer than the president — winning an election comes with age.

Dianne Feinstein of California currently serves as one of the oldest senators at 87 years old. Feinstein has been serving since 1992, with this year being her 29th year in office. I find it hard to believe that someone of that age can truly understand the perspective of others, especially since she has been in office for so long.

According to the 115th Congress profile, the average age of senators is 61.8 years, which is higher than the House average of 57.8. Both of these are among the oldest averages in history. Through social media, many young people have shared their dissatisfaction towards the lack of senators who they feel understand and represent them.

I agree with what many are saying and feel that older politicians don’t understand how younger generations feel. While we may not be the majority of the population, and some of us cannot vote, the decisions made now will affect us the most in the future. 

Beyond the growing age of senators, I also feel that without term limits many run to serve the people, but eventually begin serving themselves and prioritize getting reelected. They’ll do whatever it takes to stay in power and say whatever people want to hear in order to benefit themselves and collect votes. This can be seen from the recent Georgia senate runoff, where Senator David Perdue failed to host town halls during his six years in office while refusing to participate in debates with his opponent Jon Ossoff.

But seeing younger candidates for Senate such as newly elected Ossoff has given me hope that more younger politicians will be represented in Congress. Ossoff became the youngest sitting senator at 33 years old, replacing Missouri Senator Josh Hawley who is 41. I feel like he and other young House representatives can help better represent the younger population in Congress. 

With the increased involvement of youth in politics, over time the argument for term limits will only become stronger as well as the need for better representation among young people and that it’s just a matter of time until these ideas are implemented.

3 thoughts on “Term limits would improve Senate

  • February 21, 2021 at 2:46 pm
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    I totally agree! Term limits would help to weed out the older members of Congress who have been serving for 20 plus years. It might help politicians to speak their minds more freely and be less concerned with trying to be re-elected. Great opinion piece!

  • February 20, 2021 at 10:15 pm
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    Personally I agree with this sentiment. I believe that as a young American it’s hard to feel that my generation, or even a generation close to mine, is being represented fairly in our government. I think that, while there are politicians who have done a good job in older age, they don’t represent the American demographic and it’s hard to believe that they can understand the citizens that well. I think that change is necessary in any government and so having term limits for senators could be beneficial to seeing new views in our government and allowing for change to come as time passes. Representation of every kind is really important in our government, and I feel like without term limits and change that we are only going to the same people being represented in our government.

  • February 9, 2021 at 11:05 pm
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    I do NOT think it matters what age the senators are, I think what matters is their moral values and if they are willing to do the right thing. I think that if a senator does something immoral then they should not hold federal or state office, or even local office. It DOES NOT matter what age they are, what gender they are, what race they are, what religion they are, what their ethnic background is, whether they are transgender, what political party is, whether they are rich or poor, or what disabilities they have if they have any. What DOES matter is their moral values, if they are willing to be responsible, to respect others, to be considerate of others, and if they are willing to be decent humans. If they are selfish people who are narcissistic idiots then they should NOT even think about being a part of our government, or even any state government or even a local government. If you want to be a senator, then all I care about is that you tell the truth, do what is right and are considerate of others regardless of things like race, political party, gender, etc. and if you are willing to actually work at your job, and I don’t care whether you are running at age 30 or at age 99, just do the right thing.
    I am thinking about running for President when I am at least 91 years old or older, and I will likely run for President at age 91, 95 or 99.
    I also think that there should be the exact same 2 term limit for senators like how there is for the President.

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