State Rep. Tom O’Dea (District 125) is leading the way in Connecticut to set term limits for the U.S. Congress by cosponsoring a resolution for a national term limits amendment proposal convention. Sponsor Rep. Terrie Wood and Co-sponsor Rep. Dave Rutigliano also supports this resolution, HJ-40 has been filed in the Connecticut General Assembly.
Through Article V of the U.S. Constitution, 34 state legislatures can team up for a convention to propose a congressional term limits amendment to the Constitution. The Term Limits Convention initiative is being shepherded by the nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization, U.S. Term Limits.
Representative O’Dea commented on the resolution saying, “The Founding Fathers never envisioned full-time career politicians and, as the mess in D.C. has shown, we shouldn’t have them. Term limits are absolutely necessary and, if you ask the politicians off the record, they all agree. I am stating, on the record, that we desperately need term limits, for the good of our country.”
According to Nick Tomboulides, Executive Director of USTL, “There are two ways to propose an amendment for term limits: through the Congress or through the states at a national convention. That is why it is important to get support from state legislators, and cosponsors like Representative O’Dea, to call for a convention to discuss the details of the amendment.” Once proposed, the amendment must be ratified by 38 states in order to become law.
Tomboulides notes, “More than 82% of Americans have rejected the career politician model and want to replace it with citizen leadership. The way to achieve that goal is through a congressional term limits amendment. O’Dea knows this and is willing to work to make sure we reach our goal.”