Today 90% of elected officials are reelected term after term leading to more and more power and less and less oversight. The Valentine Constitution limits total years in elected offices to reduce cronyism, complacency, corruption, ability to repay political favors and influence legislation. The odd excellent honest career politician will be allowed to continue to do good work in other elected offices, or as a department head, and may be granted an additional term with the consent of 2/3rds of the voters.
Lower house terms are increased from 2 years to 4 years so that elected officials will spend more time working, and less campaigning. Their governing is now constantly distracted by re-election considerations. Analysis of their last campaign during their first months in office yields adjustments immediately formulated into their strategy for the next campaign season only months away, putting our Representatives today in constant campaign mode. Their primary job becomes re-election and their part time job becomes governing and we end up with legislatures full of marketing experts rather than good lawmakers. 4 years allows enough time for politicians to learn the legislative process, simplified under The Valentine Constitution, and get some real work done. 2 years does not.