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Presidential Terms and Tenure: Perspectives and Proposals for Change [Updated April 15, 2019]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Introduction: "The issue of the President and Vice President's term of office is generally regarded as an accepted constitutional norm that arouses little controversy in the 21st century. Both the four-year term and the venerable two-term tradition, initiated by George Washington and ultimately incorporated in the Constitution in 1951 by the Twenty-Second Amendment, appear to be fixed elements in the nation's political landscape. In marked comparison, the issues of tenure and reelection of the President, and of the Vice President (an office added almost as an afterthought during the Constitutional Convention of 1787), were the subject of intense and prolonged debate during the Philadelphia gathering. Delegates argued for three months over the length of the presidential term and whether the chief executive should be eligible for reelection before reaching a compromise package of provisions--a four-year term, and eligibility for reelection--several days before the convention adjourned."

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CRS Report for Congress, R40864
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2019-04-15
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