Aug 3, 2023 - Politics & Policy

2 expelled Tennessee Democrats win back state seats

Tennessee State Rep. Justin Jones (left) and Justin Pearson in Nashville, Tennessee, in April. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Tennessee Reps. Justin Pearson and Justin Jones, whom state House Republicans expelled over a gun reform protest, won back their seats Thursday night, AP reports.

The big picture: The pair were part of a trio of Democratic lawmakers, known as the "Tennessee Three," who became a target for Republicans after they led protest chants from the House podium in April.

Driving the news: Jones, from Nashville, easily beat his Republican opponent in the special election for his District 52 seat, which includes parts of east and southeast Davidson County.

  • Pearson, of Memphis, overcame independent candidate Jeff Johnston to win his special election, per AP.

Flashback: An effort to expel Rep. Gloria Johnson, the other "Tennessee Three" member, failed by a single vote.

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