Term Limits Needed: 79 Members Of Congress Have Been In Office Over 20 Years


Term Limits Needed: 79 Members Of Congress Have Been In Office Over 20 Years

It's little wonder Washington never changes when you look at how long elected officials stay in office. New data from site RollCall.com shows fully 79 members of Congress have been there since the early 90s.

Worse is that much of this dead wood is now seriously powerful, helping shape our country for decades to come, despite being out of touch with working Americans. Names like Reid, Feinstein, McConnell, McCain, Pelosi, Boehner, Rangel and Boxer show just how bad the situation has become.

While they no doubt believe that they are “serving” us well, they appear to be mostly just serving themselves. Given congress has a 15 percent approval rating it appears without a doubt most Americans wish for true change to come to Washington.

The problem isn't new, either, as the approval rating has been consistently below 20 percent since mid-2011.

Yet while the overwhelming majority of Americans disapprove of congress, incumbents were re-elected at a 95 percent rate in 2014, showing just how broken and corrupt our system has become.

The American people absolutely hate what congress is doing, and yet the same crooks keep getting sent back to Washington time and again.

Our founding fathers never intended for service in congress to become a career, but that is precisely what it has become. In addition to the 79 members of congress that have been in office over 20 years, and there are 16 members that have been in office over 30 years.

So remember these names the next time you get the opportunity to tell congress how you feel.

Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Jan. 4, 1977

Thad Cochran, Miss. Dec. 27, 1978

Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Jan. 5, 1981

Mitch McConnell, Ky. Jan. 3, 1985

Richard C. Shelby, Ala. Jan. 6, 1987

John McCain, Ariz. Jan. 6, 1987

James M. Inhofe, Okla. Nov. 30, 1994

Patrick J. Leahy, Vt. Jan. 14, 1975

Barbara A. Mikulski, Md. Jan. 6, 1987

Harry Reid, Nev. Jan. 6, 1987

Dianne Feinstein, Calif. Nov. 4, 1992

Barbara Boxer, Calif. Jan. 5, 1993

Patty Murray, Wash. Jan. 5, 1993

Don Young, Alaska March 6, 1973

Jim Sensenbrenner, Wis. Jan. 15, 1979

Harold Rogers, Ky. Jan. 5, 1981

Christopher H. Smith, N.J. Jan. 5, 1981

Joe L. Barton, Texas Jan. 3, 1985

Lamar Smith, Texas Jan. 6, 1987

Fred Upton, Mich. Jan. 6, 1987

John J. Duncan Jr., Tenn. Nov. 8, 1988

Dana Rohrabacher, Calif. Jan. 3, 1989

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Fla. Aug. 29, 1989

John A. Boehner, Ohio Jan. 3, 1991

Sam Johnson, Texas May 18, 1991

Ken Calvert, Calif. Jan. 5, 1993

Robert W. Goodlatte, Va. Jan. 5, 1993

Peter T. King, N.Y. Jan. 5, 1993

John L. Mica, Fla. Jan. 5, 1993

Ed Royce, Calif. Jan. 5, 1993

Frank D. Lucas, Okla. May 10, 1994

Rodney Frelinghuysen, N.J. Jan. 4, 1995

Walter B. Jones, N.C. Jan. 4, 1995

Frank A. LoBiondo, N.J. Jan. 4, 1995

Mac Thornberry, Texas Jan. 4, 1995

Edward Whitfield, Ky. Jan. 4, 1995

John Conyers Jr., Mich. Jan. 4, 1965

Charles B. Rangel, N.Y. Jan. 21, 1971

Steny H. Hoyer, Md. May 19, 1981

Marcy Kaptur, Ohio Jan. 3, 1983

Sander M. Levin, Mich. Jan. 3, 1983

Peter J. Visclosky, Ind. Jan. 3, 1985

Peter A. DeFazio, Ore. Jan. 6, 1987

John Lewis, Ga. Jan. 6, 1987

Louise M. Slaughter, N.Y. Jan. 6, 1987

Nancy Pelosi, Calif. June 2, 1987

Frank Pallone Jr., N.J. Nov. 8, 1988

Eliot L. Engel, N.Y. Jan. 3, 1989

Nita M. Lowey, N.Y. Jan. 3, 1989

Jim McDermott, Wash. Jan. 3, 1989

Richard E. Neal, Mass. Jan. 3, 1989

José E. Serrano, N.Y. March 20, 1990

David E. Price, N.C. Jan. 7, 1997 Also served 1987-95

Rosa DeLauro, Conn. Jan. 3, 1991

Collin C. Peterson, Minn. Jan. 3, 1991

Maxine Waters, Calif. Jan. 3, 1991

Jerrold Nadler, N.Y. Nov. 3, 1992

Jim Cooper, Tenn. Jan. 7, 2003 Also served 1983-95

Xavier Becerra, Calif. Jan. 5, 1993

Sanford D. Bishop Jr., Ga. Jan. 5, 1993

Corrine Brown, Fla. Jan. 5, 1993

James E. Clyburn, S.C. Jan. 5, 1993

Anna G. Eshoo, Calif. Jan. 5, 1993

Gene Green, Texas Jan. 5, 1993

Luis V. Gutierrez, Ill. Jan. 5, 1993

Alcee L. Hastings, Fla. Jan. 5, 1993

Eddie Bernice Johnson, Texas Jan. 5, 1993

Carolyn B. Maloney, N.Y. Jan. 5, 1993

Lucille Roybal-Allard, Calif. Jan. 5, 1993

Bobby L. Rush, Ill. Jan. 5, 1993

Robert C. Scott, Va. Jan. 5, 1993

Nydia M. Velázquez, N.Y. Jan. 5, 1993

Bennie Thompson, Miss. April 13, 1993

Sam Farr, Calif. June 8, 1993

Lloyd Doggett, Texas Jan. 4, 1995

Mike Doyle, Pa. Jan. 4, 1995

Chaka Fattah, Pa. Jan. 4, 1995

Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Jan. 4, 1995

Zoe Lofgren, Calif. Jan. 4, 1995

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