Give Rep. Dan Benishek some credit. When he was elected to Congress in 2010, he told his voters he’d only stay in Washington for three terms and then come home.

And he’s doing just that.

After some initial wobbling, the Upper Peninsula Republican says he will not seek re-election to a fourth term in 2016.

That’s a refreshing commitment to a promise. So many politicians have made the same pledge, only to have it burned away by Potomac fever.

The state’s congressional delegation has had a lot of turnover in recent years. But it still has members who have stayed well beyond their physical and motivational prime. And yet they keep hanging on.

I’m no fan of term limits, except for the voluntary kind that Benishek imposed on himself. Too many politicians are so enamored of the office and its trappings that they just can’t quit. Benishek isn’t one of them.

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