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Pressler already served too many terms in the US Senate

November 10, 2013
Former US Senator Larry Pressler

Former US Senator Larry Pressler

This last week Larry Pressler announced he is considering running for the US Senate in South Dakota as an Independent. I personally think it would be great to have an Independent in the Senate race. I do not feel too many choices is a bad thing. However I do think it would be bad for Pressler to be on the 2014 ballot.

Pressler served as one of South Dakota’s US Senators from 1979 to 1997. That is 18 years! Three Senate terms is one more term than anyone should serve in the US Senate. When a Congressman gets up to almost 20 years in DC can they really be called a true representative of their state? Adding Presslers four years as a Representative in the House and he was an elected official in DC for 22 years. Even now it would be difficult to call Pressler a true South Dakota resident. This from the Indianz.com story:

Pressler is married to his wife Harriet and has one daughter, Laura, and 4 grandchildren. He currently resides in Washington, D. C., but maintains a home in Sioux Falls. “If I decide to run for the Senate as an Independent I will move back to my home in Sioux Falls permanently,” he told Giago.

Now I have no problem with people who live and work in DC and maintain a house back in their state. However when running for office I believe we should be looking for candidates that actually have resided within the state for the last few years. Pressler is a part of the DC culture we need to fight against. Sending Pressler to DC for a fourth term would realistically do nothing but reinforce the status quo of DC elites.

Personally I believe the US Constitution should be Amended to include the term limit included in Article 3  § 32 of the South Dakota Constitution:

 § 32.   Term limitations for United States congressmen. Commencing with the 1992 election, no person may be elected to more than two consecutive terms in the United States senate or more than six consecutive terms in the United States house of representatives.

I would probably change the term limit of the House down to 4, but 6 is a good start. Passing such an amendment would help to actually change the culture in DC and reduce the risk of congressmen becoming true DC residents. Without this amendment it would leave the door open for career DC politicians such as Pressler to keep putting the needs of DC over the needs of US citizens.

  1. Merlyn Schutterle
    November 10, 2013 at 11:04 am

    That is pretty well the case. Twelve years in the senate and six in the house. After that, they should become elder statesmen(women) and advisers and educate upcoming candidates on how things work. We should have a high school course in that and make it a requirement. We should also have a course in the legal system so people can defend themselves instead of having to rely on expensive lawyers. The court system is a joke. It’s all about theater, not justice. It needs reform. They do things the same way they did when we were farming with mules. Now we don’t even plow.

    • Ken Santema
      November 10, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      I agree. These long-term pols sticking around as elder statesmen would be valuable. I don’t see the problems with our court system being a joke anytime soon. There is an overly large proportion of lawmakers that are lawyers or have law degrees. No way they will try to change a system that reduces their power.

  2. Merlyn Schutterle
    November 10, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Larry must have a pretty good DC job in order to have two homes, I wonder what it might be. Not many SD folks could afford that.

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