Shelby Co. Commission reinstates Justin Pearson to Tenn. House; Hundreds march in support of his return

Published: Apr. 12, 2023 at 6:43 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2023 at 9:15 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Justin J. Pearson was reinstated as District 86 House Representative for the state of Tennessee.

The Shelby County Commission voted to fill that seat Wednesday, with seven commissioners voting in support of Pearson.

Pearson and another house member, Justin Jones, were expelled for knowingly breaking house rules, disrupting business for more than an hour on the house floor, and protesting for more gun control with a bullhorn.

Earlier this week, Jones was reinstated via a unanimous vote by the council in Nashville.

Since being expelled from his position as District 86 House Representative, many have come out in support of Pearson calling for the young rep to be reinstated.

President Biden even tweeted last week, “The expulsion ... is shocking ... undemocratic and unprecedented.”

Pearson was elected back in January, becoming one of the youngest reps in the House replacing the late Barbara Cooper.

After being reinstated, Pearson shouted in rejoice to a crowd in the chambers.

“Nashville thought they could silence democracy, but they didn’t know the Shelby County Commission,” he said.

Pearson released this statement following the vote:

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