NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell says embattled state lawmaker Jeremy Durham will face an expulsion motion in the upcoming legislative special session, but he likely won’t be the only lawmaker facing such a fate.
Durham, who was the subject of a scathing state attorney general report where 22 Tennessee Capitol Hill women accused him of sexual harassment, recently lost a primary bid, but he will retain his seat until a replacement is elected in November.
If expelled before then, he loses an estimated there to four yearly in a pension.
Both Speaker Harwell and House Republican Caucus Chair Glen Casada indicated the ouster resolution would apply to both Durham and Knoxville lawmaker Joe Armstrong, who was recently convicted of a felony related to tax evasion charges.
“It is way past time. This is something we need to put behind us, so as a state, as a legislature, we can move forward,” Speaker Harwell told News 2. “And Rep.Joe Armstrong will he be included in these expulsion efforts I think he should be; will he be? I believe he will be.”
“You cannot use your position to pursue women, or you cannot use your position to make a profit, and both of these gentlemen did none of those things,” said Glen Casada, House Republican Caucus chair.
Chairman Casada told News 2 only the House needs to act on the ouster resolution. Sixty-six members are need for expulsion.