Perhaps there is a compromise solution that allows for more than eight years at a time. Of the 15 states that have enacted term limits on state lawmakers, six have lifetime limits rather than limits on terms. So, would 16 years be enough in one chamber for a candidate? We would argue that a truly good lawmaker would be able to spend the first few years learning, then, knowing their time was coming to a close, spending the final few years mentoring newer legislators. Perhaps a 20-year total cap on time served in the House and Senate? Or maybe what’s necessary is limits on the number of years someone can serve in a leadership position. That way, our eldest statemen’s collective knowledge would not be lost while allowing other fresh faces to ascend and offer fresh ideas every so often.