Oregon Lawmaker Resigns Amidst Harassment Accusations - State and Federal Communications

February 23, 2021  •  

Oregon Lawmaker Resigns Amidst Harassment Accusations

Oregon Senate Chamber - photo by Cacophony

A lawmaker facing expulsion from the state House of Representatives after women accused him of harassment is resigning.

Rep. Diego Hernandez is stepping down to allow his colleagues to focus on serving Oregonians and to move forward with his life and focus on his health and family.

The entire House was scheduled to vote as soon as Tuesday on whether to expel Hernandez.

This came after a panel of lawmakers determined he created a hostile work environment for three women.

It would have taken a two-thirds vote or 40 members of the House to expel him.

Earlier this month the conduct committee of the House had voted in favor of expelling Hernandez.

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