U.S. Rep. LaTurner vows to comply with term-limits pledge

    U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner, the Republican elected in the 2nd District in November, said he would co-sponsor an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to limit terms of members of Congress. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)
    U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner, the Republican elected in the 2nd District in November, said he would co-sponsor an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to limit terms of members of Congress. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

    TOPEKA — U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner, who ousted the 2nd District’s Republican incumbent in the 2020 elections, said time had come for term limits on members of the House and Senate in Washington, D.C.

    LaTurner was elected to replace one-term Congressman Steve Watkins in a district covering 25 counties in eastern Kansas outside the Kansas City metropolitan area. The Republican was sworn in Sunday.

    “I pledge that my strong conservative values will always put our constituents first and to honor my contract with Kansas,” LaTurner said. “I will co-sponsor a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on members of Congress.”

    In 2019, LaTurner signed a pledge with U.S. Term Limits to sponsor and vote for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution capping U.S. House members at three terms of two years each and U.S. Senate members to a pair of six-year terms. The amendment would require a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate. It would need to be ratified by 38 states.

    Before elected to Congress, LaTurner was state treasurer of Kansas. He was a member of the Kansas Senate representing a southeast Kansas district when appointed to that job by Gov. Sam Brownback. He earned 49% of the vote to defeat Watkins and another GOP candidate in the August primary. In the November election, he had 55% of the vote against Democrat Michelle de La Isla, who is Topeka’s mayor.

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    Tim Carpenter
    Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.