Ousted Tennessee State Rep. Justin Jones Reappointed To Seat By Nashville City Council
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 06: Democratic state Rep. Justin Jones of Nashville speaks prior to a vote on his expulsion from the legislature at the State Capitol Building on April 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was expelled on a vote along party lines after he and two other Democratic reps led a protest at the Tennessee State Capitol building in the wake of a mass shooting where three students and three adults were killed on March 27 at the Covenant School in Nashville.
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One of the two Tennessee State Representatives ousted for participating in the storming of the Tennessee State House has been re-appointed to his seat.

State Representative Justin Jones (D-Nashville) was re-appointed to his seat by a unanimous vote of the Nashville Metropolitan Council. According to CNN, the Nashville Metro Council voted to suspend a procedural rule that prevents an individual from being nominated and appointed to the seat in the same meeting.

The Council then voted unanmiously, 36-0, to appoint Jones back to the seat.

“This vote was unprecedented,” Nashville Mayor John Cooper said during the meeting, according to local news outlet WTVF. “Let’s give the district their voice back. I call this body to give them their voice back now.”

Jones will serve as interim Rep. for the 52nd legislative district until a special election is held. Jones is eligible for re-election, The Tennessean reported.

Jones, along with fellow Democratic Rep. Justin J.Pearson, was expelled from the State House last week for breaking decorum rules, after breaking into the chamber during the legislative session and leading pro-gun reform protesters in chants in the chamber. Jones in particular shouted chants through a bullhorn, despite not being recognized to speak. The Republican supermajority in the State House ejected Jones by a vote of 72-25.

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