Cooper: Term limits movement, part of Contract with America in 1990s, has bipartisan support in its revival

Associated Press File Photo / California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, takes the oath of office for his fourth term as governor of California in 2015, proving the state is one of those in the country with no term limits for its chief executive.

Want to get rid of U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.? How about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California?

Term limits is your answer.

The movement toward limiting the number of terms congressional representatives can serve grew quickly as part of the Contract with America, a legislative agenda advocated for the Republican Party in the 1994 mid-term elections. But after its passage in 23 states, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton in 1995 that states may not individually enact term limits for their members of Congress.

But the movement is back, and the U.S. Term Limits organization that was a party in the Supreme Court decision is still pushing to enact term limits at all levels of government through elections, legislatures and the courts, with an ultimate aim of passing a congressional term limits amendment to the U.S.