Martin, Tenn. (September 13, 2016) — Rep. Jeremy Durham was expelled Tuesday from the Tennessee House of Representatives during a special legislative session. Durham was accused of sexual misconduct toward at least 22 women and still under investigation by state and federal officials. The 70-2 vote to oust Durham comes nearly eight months after leading Republicans, including Gov. Bill Haslam, asked for Durham’s resignation. The House needed only 66 votes to remove him, but were expecting closer to 80. Four house members, Reps. Byrd, Eldrige, Holt and Parkinson, voted present. 12 members did not vote at all, which accounted for such a narrow vote. Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) also expressed sympathy for Durham saying as a bright, young legislator he has already “lost so much”. Durham’s expulsion is the first in Tennessee since 1980.