Shelby County Board returns expelled Tenn. Dem back to House

Rep. Justin Pearson’s reinstatement comes after the Nashville Metro Council reinstated Rep. Justin Jones on Monday.
Former Rep. Justin Jones, D-Nashville, Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville, and former Rep. Justin Pearson, D-Memphis, raises their hands outside the House chamber after Jones and Pearson were expelled from the legislature Thursday, April 6, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners voted to send Rep. Justin Pearson (D) back to the Tennessee House following Pearson’s expulsion last week, after he and two others led an anti-gun violence protest on the House floor that the GOP majority said violated chamber rules.

The 7-0 vote Wednesday returns Pearson to his seat, representing portions of Memphis. The board voted without debate.

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