Dem Reps Who Egged on Rioters at Tennessee Capitol Are Stripped of Committee Assignments; Face Expulsion

The three Democrat representatives who encouraged student rioters at the Tennessee State Capitol last week have reportedly been stripped of their committee assignments and are facing a vote Thursday on articles of expulsion.

Tennessee State Troopers were forced to intervene as a pro-gun control mob stormed the state capitol during a session of the legislature on March 30.

State Reps. Justin Jones, Justin Pierson, and Gloria Johnson all reportedly joined the rioters in the well of the chamber, where they shouted slogans through a shared bullhorn.

Rep. Pearson denied that their antics on the House floor were radical, calling it as “good trouble” to “save kids’ lives.”

All three reportedly received a letter Monday from Tammy Letzler,  the chief clerk in the Tennessee House, informing them that they have been kicked off their committees.

“Dear Representative Johnson: You have been removed from the House standing committees and subcommittees and any committees on which you serve as designee. Please let me know if you have any questions,” the letter to Rep. Johnson read.

In addition, House Republicans will vote Thursday on House Resolution 64 to expel the three Democrats. Rep. Johnson posted a screenshot of the first page of the articles of expulsion on Twitter.

The resolution, filed by Republican Reps. Bud Hulsey, Gino Bulso, and Andrew Farmer, declares that the three participated in “disorderly behavior” and “did knowingly and intentionally bring disorder and dishonor to the House of Representatives,” the Associated Press reported.

Pearson and Jones are both freshman lawmakers. Johnson has served in the House since 2019. All three have been highly critical of the Republican supermajority. Jones was temporarily banned from the Tennessee Capitol in 2019 after throwing a cup of liquid at former House Speaker Glen Casada and other lawmakers while protesting the bust of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest inside the Capitol.

House Republican Caucus Chairman Jeremy Faison reportedly referred to Jones as the “former representative” during the evening session Monday night.

Along party lines, members voted 72-23 to have an expulsion vote on Thursday. A two-thirds vote is required in Tennessee for the expulsion of any member, but the GOP has a supermajority with 75 of the House’s 99 seats.

In reaction to the vote, protesters in the House balconies screamed “fascists, fascists!” before being escorted out by state troopers.


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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 30: A demonstrator is briefly detained during a protest against gun violence inside the Tennessee State Capitol on March 30, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. A 28-year-old former student of the private Covenant School in Nashville, wielding a handgun and two AR-style weapons, shot and killed three 9-year-old students and three adults before being killed by responding police officers on March 27th. (Photo by Seth Herald/Getty Images)