In historic first, Oregon House votes to expel Rep. Mike Nearman
Monday, June 14, 2021
The Oregon House of Representatives voted Thursday, June 10, to expel Rep. Mike Nearman from office and declare his House District 23 seat vacant. This is the first time the Oregon Legislature has ejected a sitting representative.
The vote was 59-1, with Nearman, R-Independence, casting the only vote against his expulsion. The vote follows the release of video that indicated Nearman allowed potentially violent demonstrators into the Capitol on Dec. 21, 2020, while lawmakers were holding a special session. The Capitol was closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearman took office in January 2015. He was never a member of education-related committees and has not frequently been a topic of education-related reporting. The historic nature of his expulsion is worth noting, however, and the vote was a rare showing of bipartisan agreement in an arena of deep philosophical disputes.