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Constituency Views and Washington Views

David McIntosh and Lindsey Graham were among the very first oftheir 1994 colleagues to develop a noteworthy presence inside the House. As children of the contemporary term limits movement, however, both men had promised to serve no more than six terms (12 years) in that body. So, both of them faced the question: what to do next? Ambition is the engine that drives individuals into the House of Representatives, motivates their careers inside the House, and sometimes propels them toward political careers beyond the House. Both representatives decided to seek office beyond the House. After three terms, David McIntosh challenged the Democratic incumbent governor of Indiana. Two years later, Lindsey Graham reached for the vacant South Carolina seat in the U.S. Senate. McIntosh lost; Graham won.