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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Age limit hits Louisiana elected officials. How old is too old to serve?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 1:12 PM

click to enlarge TOO OLD?: Ronald Reagan was up against a new age limit in Louisiana for certain elected officials. Arbitrary? Or a good idea?
  • TOO OLD?: Ronald Reagan was up against a new age limit in Louisiana for certain elected officials. Arbitrary? Or a good idea?
I mentioned this morning that Arkansas law encourages retirement of Arkansas judges by causing them to lose retirement benefits if they seek election after they turn 70.

Some states have gone farther. In Louisiana, a new law prohibits anyone 70 or older from running for constable or justice of the peace. About 160 officials are about to be banned from seeking re-election this year as a result though — shades of Jason Rapert, who seems to believe you can ignore law you don't like  — some are talking about attempting to run anyway.

The bigger question: Is 70 too old to be a competent public servant?

The clear answer: Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

Ronald Reagan took office for his first term as president just a few days before he turned 70. But he was 69 when he ran. So there's that by way of evidence. One way or the other.

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