March 21, 2014

Ratcliffe Pledges to Self-Impose Term Limits

Incumbent Congressman Ralph Hall Signed Six-Year Pledge in 1998

ROCKWALL, TX – Former U.S. Attorney and conservative Republican candidate for Texas’ 4th congressional district John Ratcliffe today reiterated his pledge to self-impose term limits if he is elected to Congress. Ratcliffe has said he will serve no more than four full terms (eight years) in Congress.

“Our Founding Fathers never intended for our elected representatives to become a permanent ruling class of professional politicians,” said Ratcliffe. “We need to get back to a citizen-legislator system and this requires leadership. I term-limited myself as Mayor of Heath and I will do the same in Congress. I intend to serve with boldness, energy and focus for no more than eight years and then return home to private life. I will not go to Washington and never leave.”

Ratcliffe’s pledge stands in stark contrast with his primary runoff opponent, U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX), who has often talked of retiring or term limiting himself, but never followed through. Hall first ran for office in 1949 and has served 34 years in Congress. He signed a term limits pledge in 1998 that he would support term limits of no more than six years for members of Congress.

“Outstanding conservative leaders like Jeb Hensarling, Trey Gowdy, Ted Cruz, Tom Coburn and Mike Lee have shown that you can have a positive impact quickly and I will look to follow that example,” said Ratcliffe.