Michael has been the author and lead sponsor of a constitutional amendment for legislative term limits every year he has served in Georgia’s House of Representatives. He first filed HR 5 in November, 2012 as a Representative-elect and filed HR 6 on December 28, 2018 for the 2019-20 legislative session.
As a believer in “consecutive term limits”, Michael’s amendment would require that State Representatives and State Senators serve no more than four consecutive terms in their office. At the completion of their fourth two year term, they could run for another office or take a two year break and run again. This system ensures that legislators must lose their incumbency advantage at least once a decade. Periodic lack of incumbency ensures citizens have a voice and that special interests aren’t sure who to write checks. There is no perfect system, but Michael believes that this system better engages the American principles of self government without “throwing out the baby with the bathwater”.
Michael believes so firmly in this idea, that he self-imposed the limit on himself despite the legislature’s failure to send the amendment to the voters for approval. He was sworn into the Georgia House of Representatives in January of 2013 and his fourth, self-imposed final term in the House will conclude at the end of 2020. Michael has chosen to Lead by Example.
Recent news coverage of Michael Caldwell’s fight for Term Limits in Georgia:
“Cherokee’s legislative delegation shares plans for 2020 session”
Cherokee Tribune Ledger News, January 10, 2020
“Should Georgia’s state legislators have term limits?”
WGXA TV, January 16, 2019
“Some Georgia lawmakers seek term limits for themselves and their peers”
Atlanta Journal Constitution, January 16, 2019
“Will Georgians Get to Vote on Legislative Term Limits?”
Georgiapol.com, January 10, 2019