Nashville Rep. Justin Jones has been reinstated to his seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives by Metro Nashville’s Council via a unanimous vote.
The vote occurred just four days after he was expelled by Republican state leaders in the House for leading chants for gun reform with a bullhorn on the chamber floor.
From The Tennesseean:
In one of its first legislative actions following a shooting at a Nashville elementary school that killed six people, the House Republican supermajority ejected Jones with a 72-25 vote for defying House decorum — making him the first House member to be removed from elected office for a decorum violation.
Nashville’s progressive-leaning council, responsible for filling the vacancy, unanimously voted Jones back into the District 52 House seat 36-0 Monday as an interim representative until a special election can be held to permanently fill the position. Jones is eligible to run for reelection.
JUST IN: With a unanimous vote, the Metro Nashville Council voted to reinstate Justin Jones to the Tennessee House of Representatives after he was expelled by Republicans last week pic.twitter.com/tDq3bmygMd
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 10, 2023
I understand Jones’ former colleague, Justin Pearson, could be reinstated as soon as Wednesday by city leaders in Memphis.
It’s interesting the state House Republicans called Pearson and Jones’ act of raising their voices for common-sense gun legislation after six people were killed at a school weeks before “an insurrection.”
But unlike what happened at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021, neither Jones nor Pearson vandalized the Tennessee capitol building to gain entry. Nor did they assault police officers, break anything nor did they steal items from the building.
If you think the January 6th insurrection was a “peaceful protest” worthy of praise but the peaceful protest in Tennessee was an “insurrection” worthy of expulsion, congratulations – you are an idiot and an asshole.
— Jo🌻 (@JoJoFromJerz) April 6, 2023
No, what happened in Tennessee is not “nearly identical” to what happened on January 6th. There was no violence, no injuries, nor deaths in Tennessee because there was no insurrection in Tennessee. There were three legislators joining a peaceful protest. Are these people serious? pic.twitter.com/1oB7dcIMOa
— Andrew Wortman (@AmoneyResists) April 8, 2023
When you get off the plane with the legendary Joan Baez you know it’s a movement of the spirit. She stands with us in our struggle in Tennessee and said she’s hopeful to see young voices leading.
“WE SHALL OVERCOME…”
Serendipitous, indeed. pic.twitter.com/f4bj5akUte
— Rep. Justin Jones (@brotherjones_) April 9, 2023