2 expelled Tennessee Democrats say they plan to quickly reclaim their seats

Justin Pearson and Justin Jones
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When Tennessee state House Republicans voted last Thursday to expel two Democrats over their participation in an "disorderly" protest in the House chamber for stricter gun laws, they may have created two new political celebrities whose ouster will be short-lived. Both lawmakers, Rep. Justin Jones and Rep. Justin Pearson, said Sunday they plan to run in the special elections to fill their old seats. And there's a good chance they will be reappointed to the seats before as soon as this week.

The Nashville Metropolitan Council will likely reappoint Jones to his old Nashville-area seat during special session on Monday. And the Shelby County Commission said Sunday that they will consider reappointing Pearson to represent Memphis on Wednesday. "What happens next in the Legislature is anybody's guess," Politico reports.

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