I am in favor of attracting excellent people to run for Congress, but prefer to do it by offering an excellent salary and getting away from a pension plan. I don't personally know anyone with a pension. I was well paid and I have no pension. I was expected to put money into a 401k and IRA to save for retirement. Sometimes my employer contributed and sometimes not. But I am now retired and surviving just fine. If I can do it, so can they. And it might encourage them to provide better tax treatment of retirement income for all of us.