SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon House voted Thursday to expel Rep. Mike Nearman from his seat after a video surfaced showing him coordinating with rioters in December 2020.
The house voted 59 to 1 to expel Nearman after a legislative committee approved a resolution to take such an action. Nearman was seen on security cameras opening the door to the Capitol and allowing violent protesters into the building on Dec. 21, 2020.
Nearman defended his actions and was unapologetic until the end of his time in office.
"The fact is that I exited the building and members of the public entered into the capitol building, a place they had a right to be, a place that the legislative assembly had nor right to exclude them from," Nearman said during the special committee hearing. "The people who entered the building on December 21st had a right to be there. This is an undeniable fact."
Nearman is the first House member in Oregon's history to be expelled.