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The Failure of Term Limits in Florida$
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Kathryn A. DePalo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060484

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060484.001.0001

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Political Career Paths of Term Limited Legislators

Political Career Paths of Term Limited Legislators

(p.79) 4 Political Career Paths of Term Limited Legislators
The Failure of Term Limits in Florida

Kathryn A. DePalo

University Press of Florida

Chapter four looks at the career paths of legislators under term limits and where term limited legislators go. Many run for higher office, but an increasing number of members are going back home to run for local office. A large contingent of legislators are not completing their full eight-year tenure but instead vacate their seats early to run for other elective opportunities. They continue to influence and populate elective positions at all levels of government, and do not return to their “citizen” lives. Further, term limits do not draw pure citizen legislators to office. Politicians elected under term limits are shown to have significant elective experience coming into the Legislature and exhibit political ambition as they continue to vie for elected positions when they exit the Legislature.

Keywords:   citizen legislators, political ambition, term limits

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