Public office positions need term, age limits

By: Carter Houtman, reporter

There are currently 25 sitting United States senators over the age of 70 sitting in office. That number rises to 39 sitting senators, if you take everyone who is 66 years old and up. 66, coincidentally, is the current retirement age to begin collecting Social Security checks in the United States. The whole reason why we have a retirement age in the U.S. is because after a certain age, the productivity and mental abilities of people deteriorate and becomes more detrimental to companies than productive.

Why, then, are we not applying the same basic guidelines to our public office? A position that arguably is one of the most important in the world being held by a senile old person is not going to be useful when it comes to trade deals, treaties and U.S. domestic policy.

To be a nation able of making the best decisions for ourselves and for our allies, there should be a limit where people of a certain age should not be allowed to run for office. Younger people should have more of an opportunity to get into office, and limiting the age would make it so that younger people are voting for their constituents and bringing a more modern way of thinking to Congress and Senate.

Term limits are also an important thing to consider. Dianne Feinstein, the oldest person in the U.S. Senate, has been in office for an obscene amount of time at 24 years. According to the U.S. Senate website, senators are up for re-election every 6 years. Dianne Feinstein has won four times in a row for her Senate seat from California.

Chuck Grassley from Iowa has been in the Senate for 35 years. Orrin Hatch from Utah has been in office for 39 years. Thad Cochran from Mississippi has been in office for 37 years. Patrick Leahy from Vermont has been in office for 41 years.

If we never limit people with the amount of terms they can serve and the age that they can be when running for office, then we will never get any fresh perspective in the House or Senate, and we won’t move forward as a nation. If we continue to allow people from the 1930s run our country, we won’t get much past the 1930s in terms of laws.

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