what does "nine-term" mean in this context?

IQU3838

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Hi

Could anyone tell me what "nine-term" means in the following context?

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At the start of 2015, seventy-eight-year-old Henry Rayhons, a nine-term Republican state legislator in Iowa, went on trial for
third- degree felony sexual abuse for having sex with his wife of eight years.

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Thank you very much for your kind help.
 

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It means that he has served nine terms as a state legislator.
 
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