Matt Salmon, in Fourth Term in Congress, Says No One Should Serve More Than Three Terms

Republican Congressman Matt Salmon thinks that nobody should serve more than three terms in Congress.

Salmon is currently serving his fourth term in Congress.

Salmon introduced a bill this week to impose term limits, which would be two full terms for Senators, and three full terms for Representatives.

Salmon, who is now on his fourth term, says in a press release that he's "always believed that universal term limits will help make members of Congress more accountable to their constituents, not the special interests that often keep them in office."

Mmhmm. This, coming from the same Matt Salmon who worked as a lobbyist after leaving Congress in 2001, representing special interests by definition.

When Salmon was first elected to Congress in 1994, he pledged not to serve more than three terms in Congress.

For the last time, he's in his fourth term.

"This is why I supported term limits during my first tenure in Congress, and kept true to my own unilateral term limit pledge," Salmon's, press release says, apparently applying a very loose definition of "kept true" in this case. "It's also why I am sponsoring legislation today to impose term limits again."

Salmon's term-limit proposal would require a constitutional amendment, which makes his idea even less likely to materialize.

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