The Constitution Line by Line: Article I, Section 4

In this episode of The Constitution Line by Line, Senator Mike Lee tackles Article I, Section 4, the part of the Constitution that describes the process by which rules governing the election of senators and representatives are made. Senator Lee explains how it is the state legislatures, first and foremost, who get to decide the rules governing the election of senators and representatives, and illuminates us on why this section of the Constitution is important today.

Thanks to The Federalist Society for partnering with us on this series. To learn more about The Federalist Society, visit https://fedsoc.org.

To learn more about the Article I Initiative, visit https://fedsoc.org/articlei.

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Matt Kibbe

Matt Kibbe is President at Free the People, an educational foundation using video storytelling to turn on the next generation to the values of personal liberty and peaceful cooperation. He is also co-founder and partner at Fight the Power Productions, a video and strategic communications company. Kibbe is the host of BlazeTV’s Kibbe on Liberty, a popular podcast that insists that you think for yourself.

Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is the author three books, most recently the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto.

He was senior advisor for a Rand Paul Presidential Super PAC in 2016, and later co-founded AlternativePAC to promote libertarian values.

In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, a national grassroots advocacy organization, and served as President until his departure in 2015. Steve Forbes said: “Kibbe has been to FreedomWorks what Steve Jobs was to Apple.”

An economist by training, Kibbe did graduate work at George Mason University and received his B.A. from Grove City College. He serves at the whim of his awesome wife Terry, and their three objectivist cats, Roark, Ragnar and Rearden. Kibbe is a fanatical DeadHead, drinker of craft beer and whisky, and collector of obscure books on Austrian economics.

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  • The term limits were held to be restrictive of people running for congress, so not in line with the constitution and void.
    By the same logic, people running for congress which need to get petition signatures, should have a federally set number of signatures and time to get the signatures.
    Currently the signature requirement is between 1,000 and 40,000, and the time between two weeks and two years.
    I would like to see a standard for Representatives of 1,000 signatures and six months, also a Senate standard of 2,000 and six months.

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