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Welcome to the Convention of States Action

Why call

Why call a Convention of States?

Simple: to bring power back to the states and the people, where it belongs. Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. shouldn’t be allowed to make sweeping decisions that impact millions of Americans. But right now, they do. So it all boils down to one question: Who do you think should decide what’s best for you and your family? You, or the feds? We’d vote for the American people every single time.

Convention of states

What’s a Convention of States anyway?

Article V of the U.S. Constitution gives states the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments. It takes 34 states to call the convention and 38 to ratify any amendments that are proposed. Our convention would only allow the states to discuss amendments that, “limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and place term limits on federal officials.”

Article V in a nutshell

Looking for a three minute description of how an Article V Convention of States works? Check out this video.
Ready to dig deeper? We’ve done the research. Lots and lots of research. Check out a few of the resources below for answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Our application limits what can be proposed at the convention

Our legislation calls for a Convention of States “limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress."

Click here to check out our model application and see the language being passed by states around the country!

Is it safe? Absolutely.

Article V includes numerous safeguards that protect the U.S. Constitution and ensure that only widely approved amendments are adopted. The strongest safeguard? Any amendment proposed by the Constitution goes through the exact same ratification process as amendments proposed by Congress. It must be approved by 38 states. That means if only 13 state votes no, the answer is no. It doesn’t get much safer than that!

Making progress

So are you making any progress?

You better believe it! Since the Project launched in 2013, we’ve been spreading like wildfire. With over 3 million supporters nationwide, we have petition signers in every single state house district across America. We’re actively working in all fifty states to pass the Convention of States Application! Check out our latest stats below.

  • Active Legislation in 2017
  • Passed COS Resolution
  • Passed in one chamber
Behind this thing

Who’s behind this thing?

The American people. We thought you’d never ask! The Convention of States Project is first and foremost a movement of grassroots citizens who are fed up with business as usual in D.C. We’re funded by thousands of everyday patriots who have committed their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to protecting liberty for future generations.

  • Mark meckler

    Mark Meckler

    Convention of States Action - President

    Mark is one of the nation’s most effective grassroots activists. After he co-founded and was the national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, he founded Citizens for Self-Governance and Convention of States Action to revolutionize American government. These grassroots initiatives expand and directs the ever-growing, bipartisan self-governance movement. Mark appears regularly on wide variety of television outlets, including MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He is the co-author of “Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution,” and writes regularly on Breitbart, the American Spectator, and Patheos. He also is an attorney who specializes in internet privacy law.

    Mark and his wife live in Northern California with their two teenage children where they share their love of the outdoors, mountain-biking, soccer and horses.

  • Eric o keefe

    Eric O'Keefe

    Convention of States Action - Chairman of The Board

    Eric O'Keefe has a 37 year history as an active strategist, board member, and donor with organizations working to advance individual liberty, promote citizen engagement, and restore constitutional governance. O'Keefe co-founded the Campaign for Primary Accountability, the Health Care Compact Alliance, Citizens for Self-Governance and Convention of States Action.

    O'Keefe is also a founding board member of the Center for Competitive Politics and Citizens in Charge Foundation.

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    Tom Coburn

    Convention of States Action - Senior Advisor

    Dr. Coburn served in the U. S. Senate from 2005-2015 and in the United States House of Representatives from 1995-2001. Dr. Coburn is a family physician, having delivered more than 4,000 babies during three decades of medical practice in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Prior to his medical career, Dr. Coburn managed and built a large ophthalmics manufacturing company. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, with a degree in accounting, and of the University of Oklahoma, where he obtained his medical degree.

  • Jim demint

    Jim DeMint

    Convention of States Action - Senior Advisor

    Jim DeMint served in the U.S. House of Representatives for South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District from 1999-2005. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, and served as one of South Carolina’s senators until he resigned in 2012 to become President of the Heritage Foundation. With 18 years of political experience working both inside and outside Congress, DeMint offers a wealth of wisdom and insight to the volunteer grassroots armies that are reaching every state legislature in the country with the Convention of States Project’s message: We CAN take our power back.

    DeMint is married to his high school sweetheart, Debbie, and holds a B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Clemson University. Prior to his election to Congress, DeMint founded and led the DeMint Group, a Greenville-based marketing research and strategic planning business.

Find leadership in your local area!

Our state leadership teams are comprised of patriots who are committed to the movement and work completely on a volunteer basis. They are truly the backbone of this effort. Fill out the form below to contact your state leaders for more information on what’s happening in your state and how you can help!

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Make an impact with Convention of States!

Ready to get involved in the fight to bring power home? Click here to visit our Take Action page where you can sign our petition and join our team in a variety of volunteer and leadership positions! Don’t worry. You don’t need any fancy experience to be able to make a huge impact! We’ll equip you with all the training and support you need.

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