Durham says expulsion was unconstitutional, plans to sue Tennessee

Jeremy Durham (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – One day after his expulsion from the Tennessee Legislature, former Rep. Jeremy Durham says a lawsuit against the state is likely.

Durham told News 2 Wednesday he is likely to file suit against the State of Tennessee out of principle. He couldn’t elaborate on how much he’s seeking in damages.

Even after he was defeated in a re-election bid in August, Durham was expelled to prevent him from receiving a legislative pension that kicked in at the age of 55.

Jeremy Durham (Photo: WKRN)
Jeremy Durham (Photo: WKRN)

Durham suspended his campaign after a scathing report from the Tennessee Attorney General said that 22 women were subjected to the Franklin lawmaker’s harassment or inappropriate behavior.

While Durham has admitted to being too flirtatious at times, he insists he never harassed or was inappropriate with anyone during his time in office.

Durham claims the attorney general’s findings – that he had sex with a woman in his Capitol Hill office – are “completely false.”

And he also says his expulsion from the legislature during the special-called session was unconstitutional.

The session was called by Gov. Bill Haslam to overturn the state’s new DUI law, and Durham says his lawsuit would question the constitutionality of adding his expulsion to the agenda.

He was removed from office Tuesday in a vote of 70 to 2. Four lawmakers in attendance did not vote.

The last time a member was expelled from the General Assembly was in 1980. Before that, it happened in 1866.

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