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Rep. Jeremy Durham ousted over sexual harassment claims

AP Photo/Erik Schelzig

AP Photo/Erik Schelzig

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee lawmaker has been ousted from his seat.

Rep. Jeremy Durham was expelled by a 70-2 vote in Nashville over sexual harassment claims.

Seventy lawmakers voted to expel Rep. Durham, two voted against it and four lawmakers were either not present or chose not to vote.

The move to expel Durham of Franklin follows an attorney general’s investigation that detailed allegations of improper sexual contact with at least 22 women over the course of his four years in office.

Durham has denied the allegations.

He appeared for the House floor session Tuesday after earlier threatening to sit out the proceedings because he didn’t believe he would receive a fair hearing.

The last member to be expelled from the General Assembly was then-Rep. Robert Fisher, who was ousted on a 92-1 vote in 1980.

The Elizabethton Republican had been convicted of asking for a bribe to kill a bill.