Believe it, or not, this amendment took over 200 years to ratify. It was one of the 12 original amendments proposed as the Bill of Rights. The original Second Amendment dealt with pay for Congress. Any guess as to why it wasn’t included? It is a simple statement but was not ratified until May 1992.
No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.
We have Gregory Watson, a student at the University of Texas, Austin[i] to thank for bringing this back up after it sat forgotten for so many years. Greg wrote a paper on the fact the amendment was still open and could be ratified. Greg got a “C” on the paper because his professor thought the idea unrealistic. So, he began a letter writing campaign to the various state legislatures. The rest, as they say is history.
Well that’s it… a brief discussion of all 27 Amendments can be found on my blog if you ever care to go back and review them. Of course, Wikipedia is probably a lot easier and more detailed. You can also read the Cornell Law website for good legal reference.
Thanks for reading.