Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier Calls for Age Limit for Lawmakers

Democrat Representative Jackie Speier is calling for a mandatory retirement for lawmakers at age 75.

Speier herself is not seeking reelection and is retiring at age 71-years-old.

During an interview with San Francisco Chronicle’s “It’s All Political” podcast, she was asked what she would like to see changed in Washington D.C. in the future and she replied, “Maybe putting a ban on how long you can serve. Not a term limit. An age-limit ban.”

The Chronicle reports: 

If members of Congress had to “return home” — Washington-speak for not seeking another term — at 75, that would mean a gold watch for several members of the Northern California delegation, including Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, 78; Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, 78; John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, 78; and Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, 77. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, would be on deck when she turns 74 next month.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 88, wouldn’t have served her last two six-year terms under this idea. Thirteen members of the Senate — where the average age was 63 at the start of this term — are older than 75.

And yes, Speier’s cutoff would include her friend, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is 81 — and may have done her best work this year in shepherding President Biden’s two infrastructure bills through a fractious Democratic caucus.

While she doesn't know Pelosi's plans, Speier said, “Well, she said this would be her last term as speaker. I think she made a commitment that this would be her last. I don’t know what her plans are. I don’t know if members in the caucus would want to convince her to run again as speaker.”

“I have this fantasy that when she does decide to leave — whenever that is — that she gets appointed ambassador to Italy,” she continued. “I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s where she ends up."

If that were to actually be proposed and passed, that would prevent former President Donald Trump from running for president again in 2024.

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