Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 9, 2016
Sen. Mike Schulz
Proposed state question on term limits clears Senate
Schulz, R-Altus, has won approval for a proposed constitutional
amendment allowing most statewide office holders to remain in office
12 years, the amount legislators can serve, before being term limited.
The measure was approved by the full Senate Wednesday on a vote
of 32 to 12.
“Ours was the first state in the nation to approve legislative
term limits, and Oklahomans still support them strongly,”
Schulz said. “The 12 year limit for legislators has worked
well, and I think extending that to other statewide offices will
benefit the agencies they administer and our citizens.”
Schulz said in 2010, term limits of eight years were approved for
the lieutenant governor, state auditor and inspector, attorney general,
state treasurer, labor commissioner, insurance commissioner and
superintendent of public instruction. The proposed constitutional
amendment would give those office holders the ability to serve an
additional four years. The governor would still be limited to eight
“Allowing 12 years of service would give statewide office
holders the opportunity to increase their expertise and improve
the administration of their agencies, but still keeps term limits
in place, in keeping with the will of the people,” Schulz
A recent poll examining the issue of modifying term limits for statewide
offices supports Schulz’s proposal. The survey by SoonerPoll
showed 71 percent of Oklahomans would like to see standardized term
limits for all state elected officials of no more than 12 years
with the exception of the governor.
SJR 45 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
If approved, the proposal would be placed on the November 2016 general
election ballot for voters to decide.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Schulz: (405) 521-5612