Don Bacon, a Republican congressional candidate in the Omaha-based 2nd District, has promised to back a term-limits amendment in Congress.

Bacon signed the U.S. Term Limits pledge to back a constitutional amendment that would limit U.S. senators to 12 years in office and U.S. representatives to six years.

However, the pledge does not require Bacon to set his own limit on how long he would serve if he is elected in November. It only calls for him to support the amendment once in office.

Mark Dreiling, a spokesman for Bacon, said Bacon supports term limits if they are applied "equally across the board."

Bacon, who is a retired brigadier general, is running for the GOP nomination to face Rep. Brad Ashford, a Democrat. Ashford is seeking his second term in office after defeating longtime Republican congressman Lee Terry in 2014. Republican Chip Maxwell also is running.

U.S. Term Limits is an organization that has been pushing for term limits for state and federal offices. The group has had success at the state level, including a two-term consecutive limit in the Nebraska Legislature, but has failed at the federal level.

Term limits for Congress would require an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment would have to be approved by a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate, and then ratified by 38 states.

Bacon spent 29 years in the U.S. Air Force. A native of Illinois, he served at Offutt Air Force Base three times during those years. He retired in 2014 and moved to Papillion with his wife, Angie. A few months later, he announced his bid for Congress.

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