Here is how lawmakers voted in ousting Jones and Pearson, keeping Johnson

Rep. Justin Jones (D-Nashville) speaks during a House floor session on April 6, 2023. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Here is how House members voted in their 72-25 decision to oust Rep Justin Jones (D-Nashville) from the chamber:

This is the 69-26 tally for ousting Democrat Justin Pearson of Memphis (image credit: Blaise Gainey of WPLN):

Here is the vote on the expulsion resolution for Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville). It fell one vote short of the 66 needed to pass.

Step 1: Make all the House GOP meetings secret

Rep. Chris Todd (R-Jackson) makes the motion to close all House Republican Caucus meetings to the public and the press on Nov. 24, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Before the House Republican Caucus could go about electing its leaders this week, Rep. Chris Todd of Jackson stood to make a motion for all further GOP meetings to be closed to the public and the media.

There was no debate about the need for blanket secrecy. And fittingly, the members took a vote via secret ballot. The motion passed 56-11.

The question of whether to keep caucus meetings open has been discussed within the House GOP for years. When they were in the minority, Republicans complained bitterly that the media ignored their meetings and pronouncements. Once they gained a majority, however, members quickly moved to shut down access. Matters have been complicated by Republicans gaining a supermajority in the chamber, because it means any caucus decision could easily carry over as the action of the House as a whole.

Senate Republican Caucus rules require meetings featuring the equivalent of a quorum to be open to the public.


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