IMHO i think a great way to keep our representatives and senators in check would be to impose term limits on their service. We current do this for the president (max 2 - 4 year terms) why is this done for congress. look at this: currently the longest tenured representative is John Dingell (D - Michigan) he has been serving for 51 years the longest tenured Senator is Robert Byrd (D - WV) at 52 years top 10 list Robert Byrd (H,S) 57 years, 176 days Carl Hayden (H,S) 56 years, 319 days John Dingell (H) 54 years, 355 days Jamie L. Whitten (H) 53 years, 60 days Daniel Inouye (H,S) 51 years, 104 days Carl Vinson (H) 50 years, 61 days Emanuel Celler (H) 49 years, 305 days Sam Rayburn (H) 48 years, 257 days Joseph Gurney Cannon (H,I) 48 years, 0 days Sidney R. Yates (H,I) 48 years, 0 days really? does someone who has been in congress longer than many people have been alive really represent the people? I think a reasonable term would be the following: Senate (3 terms for a total of 18 years) House (3 terms for a total of 12 years) Senate and House Combined (4 Terms or a total of 20 years combined) is this unreasonable?