The Effect of Term Limits in the 2004 Elections

Updated Oct. 26, 2004

Term limits will prevent a total of 257 legislators in 12 states from running for re-election in the 2004 elections.  The hardest-hit chambers will be the Arkansas House (losing 36% of its membership), the Michigan House (losing 34% of its membership), the Missouri Senate (losing 29% of its membership), and the Oklahoma House (losing 28% of its membership) and Senate (losing 29% of its membership).

Legislators Termed Out in 2004

State

House Chamber

Senate Chamber

Arizona

 5 of 60 members (8%)

2 of 30 members (7%)

Arkansas

36 of 100 members (36%)

0 of 35 members (0%)

California

18 of 80 members (23%)

8(a) of 40 members (20%)

Colorado

7(c) of 65 members (12%)

5 of 35 members (14%)

Florida

7 of 120 members (6%)

0 of 40 members (0%)

Maine

21 of 151 members (14%)

7 of 35 members (20%)

Michigan

37 of 110 members (34%)

(b)

Missouri

15 of 163 members (9%)

10 of 34 members (29%)

Montana

6 of 100 members (6%)

10 of 50 members (20%)

Ohio

7(d) of 99 members (8%)

5(d) of 33 members (21%)

Oklahoma

28 of 101 members (28%)

13 of 48 members (27%)

South Dakota

3 of 70 members (4%)

7 of 35 members (20%)

Total by Chamber

190 House Members

67 Senate Members

COMBINED TOTAL

257 State Legislators

(a) A ninth senator would have been termed out in 2004, but died in office in May 2004.
(b) The Michigan Senate does not have elections in 2004.
(c)  An eighth member would have been termed out, but resigned to take an appointment to the public utilites commission.
(d)  In Ohio, two representatives and one senator who otherwise would have been termed out resigned prior to the end of their terms.  They are not included in these numbers.

Leaders and Committee Chairs Termed Out

Among the 257 legislators termed out this year are 32 veteran leaders and 122 chairs of standing committees.

Leaders and Committee Chairs Termed Out in 2004

State

Leaders

Committee Chairs

Arizona

Speaker of the House
House Minority Leader
Senate Minority Leader

House Public Institutions &
Counties
House Education
House Rules 

Arkansas

Speaker of the House
House Majority Leader
House Minority Leader

House Education

House Rules
House City, County & Local Affairs
House Insurance & Commerce
House Revenue & Taxation
House Agriculture, Forestry & Economic Development
House State Agencies & Governmental Affairs
House Judiciary
House Legislative & Military Affairs
House Co-Chairs of the following joint committees:  Health Insurance & Prescription Drugs
Public Retirement & Social Security Programs
Energy
Legislative Council
Budget
Economic and Tax Policy

California

House Republican Leader
Senate President Pro Tem
Senate Minority Leader

Senate Appropriations
Senate Education
Senate Environmental Quality
Senate Public Safety
Senate Rules
House Banking & Finance
House Budget
House Judiciary
House Natural Resources
House Housing & Community Development
House Elections, Redistricting & Constitutional Amendments
House Business & Professions

Colorado

Speaker of the House
Senate President
Senate President Pro Tem

Senate Services
Senate State Veterans of Military Affairs
Senate Education
House Transportation and Energy
House State, Veterans and Military Affairs
House Executive Committee of the Legislative Council
House Legislative Council
House Business Affairs and Labor
House Appropriations
House Legislative Audit
House Joint Budget

Florida

Speaker of the House
House Minority Leader

House Joint Legislative Committee on Everglades Oversight
House Natural Resources

Maine

Senate President
Senate Majority Leader
Speaker of the House
House Minority Leader

Senate Appropriations & Financial Affairs
Senate Legislative Council
Senate Insurance & Financial Services
Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate Conduct & Ethics
House Marine Resources
House Legal &Veterans Affairs
House Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
House Health & Human Services
House Conservation & Forestry
House Insurance & Financial Services
House Health Care Reform
House Transportation

Michigan

Speaker of the House
House Majority Floor Leader

House Commerce
House Energy & Transportation
House Transportation
House Health Policy
House Family & Children Services
House Judiciary
House Television & Oversight
House Land Use & Environment
House Insurance
House Government Operations
House Regulatory Reform
House Appropriations
House Conservation & Outdoor Recreation
House Higher Education
House Senior Health Security & Retirement

Missouri

Senate President Pro Tem
Senate Minority Floor Leader

House Conservation & Natural Resources
House Transportation & Motor Vehicles
House Administration & Accounts
House Health Care Policy
House Appropriations-Health, Mental Health & Social Services
Joint Capital Improvements & Leases Oversight
Joint Transportation Oversight
Senate Financial & Governmental Organization, Veterans’ Affairs & Elections
Senate Administration
Senate Gubernatorial Appointments
Senate Economic Development, Tourism & Local Government
Senate Appropriations

Montana

Speaker of the House
Senate President Pro Tem
Senate Majority Leader

House Legislative Admin.
House Federal Relations, Energy & Telecomm.
House Taxation
Senate Taxation
Senate Fish & Game
Senate Education & Cultural Resources
Senate Rules
Senate Business & Labor

Ohio

Speaker of the House
House Majority Floor Leader
Senate President
Senate Minority Leader

House Rules
House Public Utilities
Senate Public Utilities
Senate Education
Senate Insurance, Commerce & Labor
Senate Rules

Oklahoma

Speaker of the House
House Majority Floor Leader

House Insurance
House Retirement Laws
House Corrections
House Environment & Natural Resources
House Appropriations & Budget
House Public Safety & Homeland Security
House Rules
House Wildlife
House Public Health
House County & Municipal Government
House Transportation
Senate Business & Labor
Senate Agriculture & Rural Development
Senate Energy , Environment & Communications
Senate Education
Senate Judiciary

South Dakota

House Majority Leader

Senate Health & Human Services
Senate Retirement Laws
Senate Local Government
Senate Government Operations & Audit
Senate Transportation
House Commerce
House State Affairs

TOTAL

32 Leaders

122 Committee Chairs

Visit NCSL’s main term limits page.

For more information on term limits, contact Wendy Underhill in NCSL’s Denver office at elections-info@ncsl.org.