Dem rep says term limits should be considered for House leadership

Rep. Peter DeFazioPeter Anthony DeFazioFreshman Dem stopped after trying to bring beer onto House floor The Hill's 12:30 Report: Giuliani says Trump team should be allowed to 'correct' Mueller report | Trump closer to declaring national emergency | Congress approves back pay for federal workers Incoming committee chairman 'hopeful' House will pass infrastructure bill early next year MORE (D-Ore.) said in an interview that aired Wednesday on "Rising" that term limits for House leadership positions should be considered if term limits for committee chairs are being considered. 

"I think if we limit chairs, then we ought to think about limits for the top jobs too," DeFazio, who is expected to be chairman of the House Infrastructure Committee, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Tuesday when asked whether House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOn The Money: Trump teases 'major announcement' Saturday on shutdown | Fight with Dems intensifies | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking trip to Afghanistan | Mnuchin refuses to testify on shutdown impacts Ellen DeGeneres buys cheesecakes from furloughed federal workers who were baking to make ends meet Trump teases 'major announcement' about shutdown on Saturday MORE (D-Calif.) should face term limits if she becomes Speaker. 

The congressman's comments come as Pelosi nears a deal with her Democratic critics to support term limits for party leaders. 

The potential agreement would involve Pelosi showing public support for a caucus rule to impose a three-term limit on the top three members of Democratic leadership.

Pelosi, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), and Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) would all be term-limited after 2020 unless they ran for another leadership position or for a fourth term. 

Democrats are not termed out of the chairmanships or ranking member positions under current rules. 

"I don't know what the term would be exactly, how many years, but it took me 32 years to get to be chairman. There's very few people who are going to hang around for 32 years to do that," DeFazio said. 

"There's a question there. We've lost good people because they didn't see a way to move up," he continued."People who were potential, future leaders have gone on to other things. I don't want to lose the best people around here because they don't think they have promotional prospects."

— Julia Manchester