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.

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...

January 2023 Newsletter

Are State Legislatures Really Independent?  by Vickie Deppe  On December 9, the Supreme Court heard arguments for Moore v. Harper. At issue is a remedial redistricting map drawn by a special master commissioned by the North Carolina Supreme Court after the two proposed by the state legislature were determined to be excessively gerrymandered. Timothy Moore in his capacity as Speaker of the House is challenging the map based on Article I, Section 4 of the United States Constitution: “The...

December 2022 Newsletter

Red Fizzle Article V News Will an Article V Convention be secure? Who Said It? Red Fizzle by Vickie Deppe The 2022 midterms are—for the most part—in the can. Democrats are breathing a sigh of relief while Republicans are engaged in some serious post-game analysis over their failure to produce the rout many had predicted. One thing on which most can agree, though, is that not much is going to get done in Washington for at least the next two years. From a constitutional perspective, that’s not...

November 2022 Newsletter

Don’t Hand Them the Ammo  Article V News  Who said it?  Don’t Hand Them the Ammo  The Constitution in Jeopardy by Russ Feingold and Peter Prindiville  A review by Vickie Deppe    Russ Feingold is accomplished, intelligent, well-educated, and, most importantly, well-deserving of his reputation for bipartisanship during his tenure in the United States Senate. When I began reading the The Constitution in Jeopardy I expected an objective scholarly tome but was quickly disabused of this...

October 2022 Newsletter

We Need a Little More Queen Article V News Academy 3.0 Videos  Who said it?  We Need a Little More Queen  By Vickie Deppe  If you’re among the millions of Americans who watched documentaries about Queen Elizabeth in the wake of her passing, you’ve probably heard—more than once—about how gracious she was, eager to put everyone around her at ease. Presiding over the transformation of the British Empire into the British Commonwealth as well as the post-WWII eclipse of Great Britain by the United...

September 2022 Newsletter

Chuck Schumer was Right Article V News Who Said It? Chuck Schumer was Right by Vickie Deppe Conservatives have reacted with shock after the FBI served a warrant at the home of former President Donald Trump. If they were genuinely surprised, they shouldn’t have been. Though Americans may be split between outrage and schadenfreude in the wake of federal agents’ visit to Mar-a-Lago, we should all be concerned about their methods. Allegations of misconduct have plagued the FBI from its very...

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