Can I recall my US Senator or Representatives in Congress?

  • I live in Texas, is there an effective proceedure to recall my senator or representatives in Congress?

    Has an online petition ever been effective at recalling a Senator or Congressman?

    is there a mechanism to recall US Senators and Congressman? I am not sure if the states can implement this on a state by state basis. I think this would be considered different than states recalling governors.

    Never underestimate the power of simply writing to your elected representitive and telling them what you think about their actions. It takes fewer letters than you might think to have an effect.

    @Bob Yes, indeed, states *do* implement this on a state by stae basis. That's the beauty of federalism.

    @AffableGeek but only for their STATE representatives, not US representatives.

    Well...first you would have to get a web hosting provider and come up with a cool domain name. Then setup your website. Then create a web form for people to sign. Then make your site active. What's the problem?

    @user1873 - You're right that it's a much better question now, but given that the answer specifically addresses Texas and online petitions, those elements should remain in the question in some form.

    @user1873 - Works; I think.

    @DJClayworth - Yeah write them a letter and see how long it takes for the NSA, FBI, or ATF to be providing you with a "Free" check of your home and office for illegal substances. The government is just a service organization like that.

  • user1530

    user1530 Correct answer

    8 years ago

    Texas does not appear to have provisions for recalls at the state level.

    As for the US Congress and Senate, it does not appear that members are subject to recall elections in any shape or form. They may be impeached via a house or senate vote, but not recalled by an election.

    To quote this document from senate.gov:

    As to removal by recall, the United States Constitution does not provide for nor authorize the recall of United States officers such as Senators, Representatives, or the President or Vice President, and thus no Member of Congress has ever been recalled in the history of the United States. The recall of Members was considered during the time of the drafting of the federal Constitution in 1787, but no such provisions were included in the final version sent to the states for ratification, and the specific drafting and ratifying debates indicate an express understanding of the framers and ratifiers that no right or power to recall a Senator or Representative in Congress exists under the Constitution.

    As for your question, creating an online petition is more of a technical question. You can certainly create a petition for any reason. But even if you receive a large response, there's no current path for you to take to actually get a recall election to happen for a US representative. As such--and perhaps somewhat ironically--you'd likely have to first start petitioning your representative to consider proposing a law giving citizens the right to recall them.

    States have tried to implement term limits on Congressmen before, and the Supreme Court ruled against it. It's not a far leap from that to recall elections.

    @StephenCollings thanks that does add to the answer

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