A debate broke out in a couple of threads in recent days over term limits. I made the comment that Legislators aren’t staying as long as they used to. To bolster my comment here’s a spread sheet showing the length of service of each member of the House. 24 Members won’t return next year for various reasons. With Members leaving and several open seats due to redistricting, there will be another large freshman class sworn in next January. My freshman class is 43 strong. Add another 20+ freshman next year and the average years of service in the House continues to shrink.
Does this prove we don’t need term limits? Perhaps not, but I think folks like Calvin Smyre and Tyrone Brooks serving 30+ years are the exception these days. I’m sure the debate will rage on.
Here are some summary numbers.
Average Years Service of Retiring Members GOP: 10.80, Dem:11.44
Median Years Service of Retiring Members GOP: 8.00, Dem: 10.00
Average Years Service of Remaining Members GOP: 8.12, Dem: 9.50
Median Years Service of Remaining Members GOP: 8.00, Dem: 8.00