FILE – In this Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, pro-Trump and anti-mask demonstrators hold a rally outside the Oregon State Capitol as legislators meet for an emergency session in Salem, Ore. Prosecutors have leveled criminal charges against a Republican member of the Oregon House of Representatives who let far-right rioters into the state Capitol that day. Rep. Mike Nearman was charged with official misconduct in the first degree and criminal trespass in the second degree. A special committee could recommend he be the first member of the House to be expelled in its 160-year history. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)ASSOCIATED PRESS
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican lawmakers voted with majority Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives to take the historic step of expelling a Republican member who let violent, far-right protesters into the state Capitol on Dec. 21.
Legislators said on the House floor that this could be the most important vote they ever cast. They then proceeded Thursday night to expel an unapologetic Rep. Mike Nearman with a 59-1 vote, marking the first time a member has been expelled by the House in its 160-year history. The only vote against the resolution for expulsion was Nearman’s own.
Rep. Paul Holvey, a Democrat …read more