"I have whole-heartedly endorsed the Convention of States Project. I serve on its Legal Board of Reference because they propose a solution as big as the problem. And they are promoting state applications for a convention for the purpose of limiting the scope, power and jurisdiction of the federal government. And that’s what needs to be done."
"There's a solution in our Constitution. We have the power to call a Convention of States to restrain the size, the power, the scope, and the jurisdiction of the federal government. If you're serious about saving the nation, this is the best way to do it. Join the constitutional revolution with Convention of States Project."
Governor Greg Abbott
"The Founders of the United States of America inserted Article V into the Constitution, because they knew the entrenched powers of Washington would thumb their noses at the states and try to hijack the system for themselves...That is why we need a Convention of States, authorized in the Constitution, to propose amendments to fix America."
Senator Rand Paul
“Years of abuse and overreach by the judicial, legislative and executive branches of the federal government have obliterated the enumerated powers established by our founders and made a mockery of the 10th Amendment rights granted to the states and the people.
"That’s why I support the Convention of States Project to restore the original constitutional limits on federal power by calling a limited convention to propose amendments to rein in our out-of-control federal government.”
"On a state level I think it's very important that we find candidates and elect them, who would be willing to call for a Convention of States if need be. Because that is the tool the people have to rein in government."
"We have to hem in the power of Congress and, in many cases, the power of the Executive, before it is too late. Can you imagine the looks on the faces of politicians when they realize they are now legally barred from controlling your life and they can’t just live in those offices forever? Calling a Convention of States is the only way to get the job done. Sign the petition and get involved. It’s an important cause."
Dr. James Dobson
“The genius of our Founding Fathers is on full display in the Convention of States Article V process, which empowers We the People at a local level to continue preserving and protecting the fundamental rights of every individual and keeping America’s limited government in check.
“I encourage every American to visit www.conventionofstates.com and add your name to a growing list of citizens calling for a return of federal power back to the states. Let us raise our collective voices and challenge the entrenched powers in Washington by finally, and for the first time, calling for a Convention of States.”
Senator Marco Rubio
"When I am President of the United States I will be a strong a full supporter of an Article V Convention of States. I put my trust in the people, not Washington, in the critical effort to restore Constitutional, limited government. The Convention of States Project is a genuine grassroots movement to achieve that goal, and one that I am proud to be a part of."
Senator Tom Coburn
"There is not enough political will in Washington to fix the real problems facing the country. It's time for the people to take back their country. The plan put forth by Convention of States is a great way to do just that by using the process the founders gave us for reigning in the federal government."
Senator Jim Demint
"I realized that Washington will never willingly return decision-making power back to the American people and the states. Convention of States is the only solution."
Governor Mike Huckabee
"My longtime friend, Michael Farris - who is an excellent constitutional litigator and professor - has joined with Mark Meckler and Citizens for Self-Governance to actually bring [a Convention of States] into reality. I have reviewed their plan and it is both innovative and realistic."
"The leviathan of today's federal government continues to grow unabated, pushing the people further away from our Founder's vision of self-governance. The Convention of States Project is the only constitutional pathway for citizens to save our Republic by restoring it to her citizens. Article V of our Constitution underscores the duty of active citizenship and I am proud to stand with millions of volunteers in this effort."
Governor Bobby Jindal
"The federal government has clearly grown far beyond the size and scope that the Founders ever envisioned. Over-spending, excessive regulatory overreach, and disdain for individual liberty all run rampant in Washington D.C. Luckily, the Founders gave us a mechanism to reform a runaway federal government in Article V of the Constitution. We can -- and we must -- scale back the monstrosity that our federal government has become. For this reason, I support the Convention of States project efforts to call an Article V convention to propose amendments to restrain the size of the federal government."
Lieutenant Colonel Allen West
"Thank goodness the founders had the wisdom to provide us with Article V of the Constitution, which gives us the right and power to hold an Amending Convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to restrain the scope and power of the federal government... Under the system of federalism, I support the efforts to gather a Constitutional Convention of States consistent with Article V and honoring the 10th Amendment."
"We the people have to take our power back through efforts like the Convention of States Project. That is the next revolution we need."
Judge Andrew Napolitano
“For generations I have joined many of my ideological and political friends in recognizing the need to call an Article V Convention. American history and human nature teach that Washington, D.C., will never actually restrain itself and restore the foundations of personal liberty that the Constitution purports to guarantee. Yet, to build out the infrastructure, the organization, and the grassroots army to get it done is a huge undertaking. Today, the Convention of States Project is doing just that, and I’m proud to join with my friends Sen. Tom Coburn and Mark Meckler by endorsing what they are doing. When the actual Convention is called to order -- and it will be -- I’d consider it an honor and privilege to perform some of the heavy lifting; which is to draft and disseminate proposed constitutional amendments to the states that, in Jefferson's words, will chain down the federal government to the confines of the Constitution.”
"The Founding Fathers gave us a foolproof way to rein in an over reaching federal government in Article V. If young conservatives want to take back our country, they will join me in supporting the Convention of States Project. A convention of states is the only constitutional way to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and anyone who wants to give power back to the people will support this growing movement. After all, as we always say at Turning Point, 'Big Government Sucks,' and it's not going to shrink itself."
"I've dedicated my life to exposing the lies, the criminal acts, and unethical practices committed by the Deep State in Washington D.C. I am under no illusion that those in D.C. will ever voluntarily give up their power. That’s why I am proud to stand with my good friend Mark Meckler and endorse the Convention of States Project. Calling an Article V Convention of States will restore liberty and bring the power back to the people where it belongs."
Rep Jeff Duncan
"I believe the only meaningful recourse for the ongoing abuses of power in Washington is to use Article V and call for a Convention of States. It will propose amendments that will rein in our runaway federal government. What I've seen from Washington is Congress isn't going to get it done. We must look to the Constitution and Article V, and return power to the people."
Governor Ron DeSantis
“I've spent years fighting the DC Swamp, and as a candidate for Governor of Florida, I know the states need to use Article V to take the power away from DC. The permanent bureaucracy will never voluntarily give up an ounce of its power. Florida was the second of twelve states that have already passed the Resolution, and I encourage all other state legislatures to support the Convention of States Project and pass the resolution today.”
Senator Ben Sasse
"Washington is broken because too many of these folks – from both parties – are obsessed with popularity, short-term thinking, and permanent incumbency. Neither party is interested in balancing budgets or setting term limits. If a compact and focused convention, like the Convention of States resolution, can circumvent Washington’s navel-gazing, that’s real progress.”
“Our nation is currently at risk, due in part to the massive centralization of power in Washington, DC. Career politicians, activist judges and unelected bureaucrats continually erode our freedom, and steal from future generations by expanding our debt. From decades of business and political experience, including a run for the U.S. Senate, I have come to the conclusion that DC can never fix itself. It is for this reason I have become a supporter of the Convention of States Project. Along with my friends, retired Senator Tom Coburn and Mark Meckler, I believe it is the solution as big as our nation’s problems.”
When asked if he supported Convention of States, Ben Carson said, "Very much so. Our Founders knew there would probably come a time when you would need to make some adjustments."
"I support an Article V Convention of the States. It is time for states to go on the offensive to limit the overreach of the federal government......."I urge you to support all of the Constitution, and thus the efforts of the Convention of States to pass their extremely well-thought-out and strategic legislation in your home state and thus join us in a call to restore our constitutional republic."
Senator Ron Johnson
"[Our nation's] problems are not going to be solved in Washington, D.C....We've got to take the power back. I can't think of a better way of doing it [than Convention of States], because Washington is not going to give up power."
"The only way to put government back in check and return to America to its founding documents is if ‘we the people’ do it. Convention of States is a great organization built by and for the grassroots. I believe we have the opportunity right now to get to convention and turn our country around.”
Lt Col. Bill Cowan, USMC (Ret) - Fox News Terrorism Analyst
“The federal government today has grown completely out of control, far beyond the fence of limited government intended by our nation’s founders. The enormity of the federal government and the imbalance of power between the states and the federal government present a threat to our national security. The founders gave us a lawful and orderly process in Article V for the states to exercise the most powerful check on runaway federal power. For this reason, I support the Convention of States Project efforts to call an Article V convention to propose amendments that will limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.”
"The hour is late for our constitutional republic. It is not alarmist or paranoid to declare our rule of law almost gone," he said.
"One need only to objectively view the day's headlines with government gone wild, and unelected judges appointing themselves a perpetual constitutional convention. With too few exceptions, both major political parties have devolved from protectors of the Constitution to its primary threat.
"As I see it, the Convention of States may be the last chance within the system for we the people to form a more perfect union again."
Governor Jeb Bush
"(I) support convening a [Convention of States] to pass term limits, a balanced-budget amendment and restraints on the Commerce Clause, which has given the federal government far more regulatory power than the Founders intended."
Senator Jim Talent
"I am convinced that the time has come to (call a Convention of States). I see it as an opportunity to renew our Republic from the grassroots...to consider again the great constitutional questions which animated our history and which still have an urgent bearing on the challenges America faces today."
"Only a Convention of States will give us effective solutions to the abuse of power in Washington, D.C. It is our moral obligation to protect liberty for ourselves and our posterity."
"Many great civilizations failed when government became too large, spending grew and debt ballooned—causing economies to collapse, and liberty to erode. Liberty demands vigilance; we must work to preserve it. I support the Convention of States Project’s mission to use Article V to put limits on federal power for both us and for generations to come. If we fail as a nation it will be because we failed to address the problems facing us."
"The greatest weakness displayed in defending our foundations, by those of us who cherish them, is our failure to leverage the power we have to stop the assault on our institutions and values. Convention of States is your chance to prevent the federal government from extruding its powers into areas which it was never designed to do. This is your opportunity to leverage your power in defense of the constitutional system and the nation it created."
Rep. Louie Gohmert
"By calling a Convention of States, we can stop the federal spending and debt spree, the power grabs of the federal courts, and other misuses of power usurped by the federal government. Our climate in Washington is exactly what the framers feared might arise, and is exactly why the framers gave us the blessing of Article V."
"Our Founders knew what they were doing. A Convention of States was put in the Constitution for the express purpose of giving the states a way of limiting the federal government. I support the effort of the states to call such a convention. I’d like to ask you to stand with George Mason and our Founding Fathers."
"I join Mike Farris and Mark Levin in support of a convention of the states under Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution. Some constitutional changes must be made. Nothing less will remove the danger that a future, solidly leftist Supreme Court would “interpret” the Constitution to eliminate the separation of powers and checks and balances in government. The great American experiment with limited government would be over. Probably things would have to get worse than they now are for public support to result in a convention of the states. It’s wise to make ready now for when that time comes."
"The founders understood that in order for the American experiment to succeed, America's people would have to be vigilant. But today most of us take our right of self-governance for granted, and as a result we are in peril of losing the great gift we inherited from the founders. I support the Convention of States Project’s effort to call a convention for proposing amendments to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and place term limits on federal officials."
Rep. Ralph Norman
"The people, not entrenched bureaucrats, are what gives our government power and what makes our nation great. When the people step up and take back this power, it is an embodiment of what our nation's founders envisioned when writing Article V of the Constitution. I fully support the Convention of States and am excited to see meaningful, and long overdue, change occur in our nation."
Texas Public Policy Foundation
"The process of having a national conversation about the constitutional promises of liberty, individual rights, and due process is vitally needed. An Article V Amendments Convention to fortify vital constitutional safeguards against an aggressively expanding federal government is exactly what this country needs in order to preserve and protect freedom. The historic movement toward a Convention of States puts Congress and Executive offices on notice that the American people are serious and will insist upon fidelity to constitutional principles. Historians write that just the state activity to organize a Convention of States may have as much force on federal government overreach as the convention itself."
Legal Board of Reference
On September 11, 2014, some of our nation’s finest legal minds convened at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C., to engage in a full, robust discussion of the Convention of States Project. The participants—including former members of the Reagan administration, seasoned Supreme Court litigators, and Ivy League professors—discussed and debated arguments for and against the use of Article V to restrain federal power and evaluated its potential to be used safely and effectively.
The conclusions of these prestigious experts are memorialized in The Jefferson Statement. The names and biographical information of the endorsers, who have formed a “Legal Board of Reference” for the Convention of States Project, are listed below the Statement.
Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he directs the Georgetown Center for the Constitution and teaches constitutional law and contracts.
Charles J. Cooper is a founding member and chairman of Cooper & Kirk, PLLC. Named by The National Law Journal as one of the 10 best civil litigators in Washington, he has over 35 years of legal experience in government and private practice, with several appearances before the United States Supreme Court and scores of other successful cases on both the trial and appellate levels.
Dr. John C. Eastman is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University Fowler School of Law, and also served as the School's Dean from June 2007 to January 2010, when he stepped down to pursue a bid for California Attorney General. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute.
Michael Farris, head of the Convention of States Project, is the Chancellor of Patrick Henry College and Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. He was the founding president of both organizations. During his career as a constitutional appellate litigator, he has served as lead counsel in the United States Supreme Court, eight federal circuit courts, and the appellate courts of thirteen states.
Robert P. George holds Princeton's celebrated McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence and is the founding director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He is chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). He has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has also served on UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology, of which he continues to be a corresponding member.
C. Boyden Gray is the founding partner of Boyden Gray & Associates, in Washington, D.C. Prior to founding his law firm, Ambassador Gray served our nation in various capacities both domestic and abroad.
Mark Levin is one of America's preeminent conservative commentators and constitutional lawyers. Mark is the author of several New York Times bestselling books including Men in Black (2007), Liberty and Tyranny (2010), Ameritopia (2012) and The Liberty Amendments (2013). Additionally, he is one of America's preeminent conservative commentators and Constitutional lawyers.
Andrew McCarthy is a bestselling author, a Senior Fellow at National Review Institute, and a contributing editor at National Review. A well-known commentator on legal, national-security, and political affairs, he also writes regularly for PJMedia and The New Criterion.
Mark Meckler is President of Citizens for Self-Governance, the parent organization of the Convention of States Project. Meckler is one of the nation’s most effective grassroots activists. After he co-founded and served as the National Coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, he founded Citizens for Self-Governance in 2012 to bring the concept of "self-governance" back to American government. This grassroots initiative expands and supports the ever-growing, bipartisan self-governance movement.