SALEM, Ore – Mark Nearman is now a former State Representative. In 59-1 vote the Salem area Republican was expelled from the Legislature. This is the first time in Oregon’s 160-year history that a member of the Legislature has been voted out.
Nearman is facing criminal charges for allowing protestors into the state capitol during a session that was closed to the public. There is also video that shows Nearman appear to plan the breach. He called the breach “Operation Hall Pass”.
Nearman has said repeatedly that the Legislature did not have legal authorization to keep the public out of the session. Nearman was the only House member not to vote in favor of his removal.