NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A state representative is voicing his concerns about Jeremy Durham, less than a week after the lawmaker announced he is suspending his campaign for re-election.
Durham’s decision to not seek re-election came after the attorney general released a scathing report alleging inappropriate behavior.
The report says 22 women said they Durham had inappropriate contact with them. Many of the women said they felt too uncomfortable to speak up.
While Durham has suspended his campaign, his name will still appear on the ballot during the District 65 republican primary in August.
“I want to call a special session so that we can consider expulsion in order to ensure that Rep. Durham does not receive a lifetime pension paid for by the taxpayers of Tennessee, including, no doubt, the people he’s accused of harassing,” Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Stewart said.
Stewart continued, “Regardless of what the voters decide in August, he will receive and be entitled to a lifetime pension unless we take action and convene a special session.”
After four years in office, state lawmakers earn a lifetime pension. The pensions kick in at the age of 55 and lasts for the rest of the recipient’s life.
Durham’s pension, if he finishes his second term in November, would be worth about $344 per month, or $4,130 per year.
A special session would cost about $25,000 per day for travel and per diem costs.
Last week, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey told News 2 he would wait until after the August primary to decide on a special session.
“I’ve just got this gut feeling after [last Wednesday] that he won’t be re-elected,” said Ramsey. “It takes care of itself and it saves the taxpayers a lot of money.”
Durham was first elected to the Tennessee General Assembly in 2012. He was re-elected in 2014.