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022 We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?

22. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
Answer: Two (2)

In most jobs, if you do your work well, you can continue working there almost as long as you like. In general, this is a good thing, but some people think that the United States Congress should be different. When we elect (or choose) a U.S. Representative, he or she works as a representative for only two years. This is known as his or her term, or the length of time that a person works in a public position. Once those two years have ended, if he or she wants to continue to work as a representative, he or she can be reelected for another two years. This can continue indefinitely (or forever or without end).

Some people think that this is a good idea, because it lets us reward representatives who do their work well by allowing them to continue to represent us.
But other people believe that there should be a term limit, which would be a maximum number of times that a representative can be reelected for two-year terms. The U.S. President, for example, has a term limit and can be president for only two four-year terms, for a total of eight years.

The people who advocate for (or are in favor of) term limits believe that this would let more people participate in the House of Representatives, bringing new ideas and enthusiasm (or interest and desire to do something) to their work. Americans have debated (or argued for and against) term limits for many years, but there is still no agreement.

In 2003, a popular newspaper called the Wall Street Journal conducted (or carried out) a study about term limits and found that 2/3 of all Americans would like to have term limits in Congress. Because term limits are such a popular idea in many parts of the country, many representatives have pledged (or said that they would do something) to limit the number of terms that they serve (or work in a public position as representatives). However, there is no legal requirement for them to do this. It might, however, help them to get elected if this is something that is important to voters in their area.


term – the length of time that a person has a job
* Mr. President, are you going to run for another term?

indefinitely – lasting forever; without a clear end
* Do you plan to return to your country, or will you be staying in the United States indefinitely?

to reward – to give something nice, useful, and pleasant to someone because of something good that he or she has done
* When Benjamin got good grades, his parents rewarded him by taking him to his favorite restaurant.

term limit – the maximum number of years that a person can work in a particular job
* A king or queen has no term limit and can continue to be king or queen until death.

to advocate for (something) – to be in favor of something; to support something and want it to happen or be accepted
* Our organization advocates for laws that will protect children.

enthusiasm – interest and desire to do something
* Lex has a lot of enthusiasm for speaking in English with native speakers.

to debate – to talk about the reasons for or against doing or supporting something
* The members of the city government are debating whether people should be allowed to smoke in the city parks.

to pledge – to say that one will do something; to make a promise
* After his first heart attack, Davis pledged to stop eating unhealthy food and to start exercising.

to serve – to work in a public position; to work in a government job
* How many years has he served as the Governor of California?