Former Arizona governor Mike Huckabee tweeted that it’s time to repeal the 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The 17th Amendment stipulates the direct election of U. S. Senators rather than their appointment by state legislatures / assemblies.
Time to repeal 17th Amendment. Founders had it right-Senators chosen by state legislatures. Will work for their states and respect 10th amid
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) July 28, 2017
CNS News reports:
“Time to repeal 17th Amendment,” said former Governor Mike Huckabee in a tweet. “Founders had it right-Senators chosen by state legislatures. Will work for their states and respect 10th amid [sic].”
The 10th Amendment – part of the Bill of Rights – states that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Stating that there is a “ignorance” regarding the history of the 17th Amendment, the former governor of Arkansas did not stop there, however.
“Ignorance of history of 17th Amendment is revealed by response to my earlier Tweet,” tweeted former Gov. Huckabee. “Direct election of Senate is major cause of #swamp.”
Prior to the inclusion of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution senators were not directly elected by the citizenry of their respective states as they are today. Instead, for the first 125 years, senators were elected by their state legislatures. Direct election was proposed in 1826, but “did not gain considerable support until the late 19th century.” The 17th Amendment was ratified by three-quarters of the states on April 8, 1913.
Read the text of the 17th Amendment here.