The goal of the Article V Caucus is to re-establish federalism as our Founders intended, and limit the runaway growth of the Federal Government.

The Caucus is named after the Article in the U.S. Constitution that addresses the amendment process, which includes granting States the authority to amend the Constitution without the approval of Congress:

“The Congress … on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States or by Conventions in three fourths thereof,…”

The Caucus encourages state legislators to uphold these principles of federalism and limited-government through web-based information, model legislation, and strategic meetings. The Caucus believes an Article V convention is the most efficacious means of meeting these goals, and encourages the States to adopt resolutions to call for such a convention. But we also believe that a convention is only one means to that end, and will always keep a focus on the goal of federalism and limited-government.

November 2023 Newsletter

Speaker Controversy Proves Congress Will Never Clean Up Its Own Act by Vickie Deppe Love ’im or hate ’im, Americans got a rare glimpse of the sausage being made when Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) made a motion to vacate the chair, i.e., hold a floor vote to remove Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. The Washington establishment circled the wagons, representing the situation as “chaos,” describing those who voted to vacate as “anarchists” and claiming that...

October 2023 Newsletter

Observations From the Simulated Article V Convention   by James Kallinger Recently, the Convention of States Foundation convened a meeting of 103 commissioners from 49 states in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia to participate in an important and valuable educational exercise. These state delegates were gathered to simulate an Article V Convention to propose amendments to the US Constitution. The purpose of this assembly was to test the efficacy of an interstate convention process and...

September 2023 Newsletter

Happy Birthday, Constitution! by W. Bruce Lee Executive Director, Phoenix Correspondence Commission This month marks the 236th anniversary of the signing of our Constitution by the delegates to the Philadelphia Convention of 1787. This is a noteworthy accomplishment considering the average regime change around the world is only about 30 years. I personally believe we live in a remarkable nation, despite some who prefer to focus on our nation’s shortcomings. Of course, every...

August 2023 Newsletter

Russ Feingold Jumps the Shark  by Vickie Deppe Former United States Senator Russ Feingold is becoming increasingly desperate and incoherent in his efforts to scare Americans away from an Article V Convention. In Warning: A Convention of States is Practicing to Rewrite the Constitution, Feingold (again and without evidence) claims that if an Article V Convention occurs, “our country will be thrown into a constitutional crisis.” As he has done in the past, he characterizes the one-state,...

July 2023 Newsletter

Practical Steps for Bridging the Partisan Divide by Vickie Deppe One of the primary obstacles to an Article V Convention is distrust between Republicans and Democrats. Asking elected officials of different parties to work collaboratively can sometimes seem like asking a fish to swim through shag carpet, because winners and losers are an inherent feature of our day-to-day politics. Elections have winners and losers. Control of the chamber goes to the winners to the exclusion of the losers....

June 2023 Newsletter

Practical Steps for Bridging the Partisan Divide by Vickie Deppe One of the primary obstacles to an Article V Convention is distrust between Republicans and Democrats. Asking elected officials of different parties to work collaboratively can sometimes seem like asking a fish to swim through shag carpet, because winners and losers are an inherent feature of our day-to-day politics. Elections have winners and losers. Control of the chamber goes to the winners to the exclusion of the losers....

May 2023 Newsletter

“Our last best hope for the country…A new convention, I believe, would be a very good thing.”  by Vickie Deppe  No, this isn’t a statement from an Article V activist; it’s a quote from John Davenport, Professor of Philosophy and Peace & Justice Studies at Fordham University published in USA Today. In what may be a journalistic first, a reporter for a liberal-leaning legacy publication has provided fair—even positive—coverage of a major Article V initiative. The article, featuring...

April 2023 Newsletter

Dispensing with the "Runaway Convention" Myth Once and For All by Vickie Deppe  In New Hampshire, HB 392, a delegate selection and oversight (DSO) statute, has passed in the House and awaits a hearing in the Senate Election Law and Municipal Affairs Committee. The bill describes procedures for the popular election of delegates to propose amendments to the New Hampshire and United States Constitutions, as well as pledged delegates to any ratifying convention called under Article V....

March 2023 Newsletter

Is an Article V Convention on the Horizon?by Vickie Deppe Recently released polls by both Gallup and Statista reveal that Americans remain highly dissatisfied with Congress. Both pollsters converged on a disapproval figure of 75% with only 21% approving. Though not record-breaking, these figures are the latest in a more than decade-long period during which our national legislature has consistently struggled to secure the approval of even one in five Americans. Similarly, the RealClear Politics...

February 2023 Newsletter

Democracy Winsby Vickie Deppe The 118th Congress got off to a contentious start with the election of Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as Speaker. McCarthy has the dubious distinction of enduring 15 rounds of voting before securing the top spot in the House of Representatives…the longest battle over the Speaker’s gavel since before the Civil War. Dubbed the “Never Kevins,” all but a few of the holdouts were in fact more interested in reforms to the way the House conducts its business than in replacing...

CAUCUS LEADERSHIP

  • Kevin Lundberg, CO State Senator , ret.
  • Rep. Ken Ivory, UT State Legislature
  • Yvette Herrell, NM Congresswoman, ret.
  • Neal Schuerer, IA State Senator, ret.
  • Kim Koppelman, SD State Representative, ret.

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”

– James MadisonFederalist 45, 1788