Arizona House Votes to Expel Rep. Don Shooter Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Feb 1, 2018

State Rep. Don Shooter (seen in an Oct. 29, 2015, photo) apologized Jan. 9, 2018, on the House floor for making inappropriate comments, breaking his months-long silence about allegations that he sexually harassed multiple women.
Credit Cheryl Evans/The Arizona Republic

The Arizona House has voted to expel a Republican lawmaker over sexual harassment allegations.

Rep. Don Shooter is believed to be the first state lawmaker in the U.S. to be voted out of his seat since the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct began last fall.

Thursday’s vote comes after an outside investigator determined that Shooter engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment that created a hostile workplace.

Shooter says he’s done nothing to justify expulsion. He made a last-ditch effort to avoid a vote by sending a letter questioning the thoroughness of the report that found evidence of pervasive misconduct.

Republican House Speaker J.D. Mesnard had sought a censure but moved to expel Shooter after receiving the letter. He says Shooter’s comments represented a clear act of retaliation and harassment worthy of expulsion.