Government, politics, Salem

Oregon House expels State Rep. Mike Nearman over Dec. 21 Capitol incursion

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley

Rep. Mike Nearman (R-Independence) became the first House member expelled in state history for his role in the Dec. 21, 2020 breach of the Oregon Capitol on Thursday.

A bipartisan House Special Committee on Dec. 12, 2020, established Monday by Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland), unanimously passed House Resolution 3 Thursday afternoon, which found Nearman “engaged in disorderly behavior,” and recommended his expulsion the Oregon House of Representatives. The resolution, which required a two-thirds majority to pass, passed a full house vote by a margin of 59 votes in favor, to one vote opposed.

No republicans spoke on the resolution, aside from Nearman.

Nearman, whose tenure started in 2015, began facing calls from his own party to resign after footage of him instructing far-right protesters . . .

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