Bipartisan vote to expel Tennessee House member
Forty seven Republicans were joined by 23 Democrats to vote to oust GOP Rep. Jeremey Durham from the Tennessee state Legislature.
The 70 votes Tuesday were four more than the minimum needed to meet the constitutional threshold of two-thirds of the members needed for the House to eject a sitting member. Another 16 Republicans abstained, along with two Democrats. Ten members were absent.
Durham faced allegations of sexual harassment detailed in a state attorney general’s report. He denied most of them.
The ouster marks the first time the Tennessee Legislature has ejected a sitting member since 1980. The only previous expulsions came when six members refused attend a special session to ratify the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1866.