Jeremy Durham expelled from Tennessee House in 70-2 vote
Source: The Tennessean
Embattled Rep. Jeremy Durham, accused of sexual misconduct toward at least 22 women and still under investigation by state and federal officials, was expelled Tuesday from the Tennessee House of Representatives during a special legislative session.
Republicans and Democrats joined together to oust the 32-year-old Franklin Republican, voting 70-2 to cast Durham out after more than an hour of discussion to approve the first legislative expulsion since 1980, and only the second since the Civil War. The House needed 66 votes to remove him.
House Speaker Beth Harwell, who was emotional in a plea to colleagues earlier in the day to protect the identifies of Durham's accusers, said, "I'm very pleased that the House made the decision it did today. This was good for the taxpayers of the state. It was good for the victims of the state."
Durham appeared Tuesday to defend himself before the House. He again noted that no formal complaint had been filed against him and that he's never been charged with a crime.
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