I listened to an interview Friday with Representative John Dingell. The event marked the occasion of his becoming the longest serving member of Congress in US history. He's now been in Congress some 57 years and change.
As I listened to Dingell my thoughts drifted to Senator Frank Lautenberg. Lautenberg passed away last week at the age of 89 having first been elected to the Senate 31 years ago. In December of 2012 Senator Dan Inouye died in office after some 50 years in the Senate.
And these are not the only examples, there have been a great many politicians who have served for life and died in office.
So my thoughts are not directed at Dingell or Lautenberg or Inouye personally; I'm sure they're both fine human beings. They clearly enjoy serving, and their constituents trusted them and kept electing them. In fact, few people know this who are not former military men like myself, but Inouye was actually one of our few living Medal of Honor recipients.
So the question is not directed personally at these men. However, I think its time to ask the question. As it relates to the career politician is it proper we treat these seats in Congress like someone's personal property that they get to keep until death... or should there perhaps be term limits on Congress...