It is an anomaly of the American electorate: According to most professional surveys, barely 10 percent of voters approve of the way Congress does its job, and about 75 percent of voters are in favor of term limits, but 90 percent of the U.S. Representatives who ran for re-election in 2012 won back their seats.
In short, the “throw the bums out” sentiment that is so rampant in our country actually seems to translate as: “We want everyone else to show their incumbents the door, but we’re going to stick with the familiar names.”
That said, seniority in Congress has its benefits — both for the legislators themselves and for the voters they represent. On the Peninsula, we have two representatives with a combined 32 years in Congress, and they have served the region well while developing influence inside the Beltway.
We are endorsing Republican Rob Wittman (1st District) and Democrat Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (3rd District) for re-election on Nov. 8. They have earned our continued support, and the respect they have picked up among their colleagues gives our region two strong voices in Washington.