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Oregon House ousts GOP rep for helping protesters enter state Capitol

The Oregon House on Thursday voted 59-1 to expel Republican state Rep. Mike Nearman, who was accused of helping far-right protesters enter the state Capitol in December.

The record vote is the first time the legislative body has ejected a sitting representative, according to The Oregonian.

Nearman’s seat will likely remain vacant for the remainder of the legislative session, which is scheduled to end on June 27.

The 22 other state House Republicans reportedly remained silent during the floor debate. Nearman was the lone “no” vote against his ouster.

He had previously been stripped of committee assignments and forced to pay $2,000 to make up for damages caused by the protesters.

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