1st the House of Representatives, their term is 2 years. The reason is that they are not supposed to be career politicians. The founding fathers intended that the representatives would keep their time in Washington down to two maybe four years as this is where the new ideas and issuers would be introduced from their districts. The intent was fresh new ideas and faces. The modern problem is with all the money going into these congressional races you have representatives staying in Washington for 20 to 30 years. Sorry to disappoint the founding fathers but with no new ideas and all the donations coming in no wonder the house is in a constant state of gridlock. Also with a two year term they are in a constant state of re-election, as they start the process at about eight months out so if you're running for your second term we only have an effective representative for maybe a year. All the breaks throughout the spring summer and fall is so that back in the day they could go home and harvest the crops. Back then they were paid a very small salary, no pension, no healthy. Regarding the house, I believe there should be term limits, no more than two terms. For which they should not receive a pension in fact since the representatives represent their districts the states should provide their salaries, and No healthcare. 2. The Senate is the part of congress that IS supposed to be made up of career politicians and they represent their states, the terms are six years so the same two to four terms could be anywhere from twelve to twenty four years. Now to the point rather the senate or the House of Representatives you can draw a full pension plus healthcare for life, after only working for 2 years of service for the house and six years for the senate. That is not fair when most of you have to work until 67 years of age and work a total 25 to 30 years. How the hell do you call that public service when after two years you retire pulling in $300,000 plus free health care. No wonder the republicans would vote for trump care.