For just the sixth time in American history, a U.S. Congressman has been expelled from the chamber.
New York Rep. George Santos was expelled by a 311-114 vote with two members voting present and another eight, including Mike Doyle (R-16), not voting.
How did Pennsylvania’s delegation vote on the resolution?
Yes (14): Fitzpatrick, Boyle, Evans, Dean, Scanlon, Houlahan, Wild, Cartwright, Meuser, Smucker, Lee, Joyce, Thompson, Deluzio.
No (2): Perry, Reschenthaler
Not Voting (1): Kelly
“The House Ethics Committee report was crystal clear: George Santos broke the law and cannot be trusted to serve in Congress. So, I solemnly joined colleagues from both parties today to expel Mr. Santos from the U.S. House of Representatives,” said Rep. Chris Deluzio (D-17).
The House Republican leadership – Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, Steve Scalise, and Elise Stefanik – all voted against the resolution.
“Santos should have his day in court for his alleged criminal activity, but he has admitted that he defrauded the voters. That demands expulsion. GOP leadership’s refusal to hold him accountable is a prime example of their unwillingness to put people over politics,” said Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-05).
“The privilege of serving in Congress demands truth, integrity, and an unwavering commitment to the rule of law,” said Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-04). “The House Ethics Committee’s report clearly showed that Mr. Santos consistently failed to meet this standard.
“My work as Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee is about protecting good governance and restoring the public’s trust in Congress, and I do not take this responsibility lightly. The Committee’s report was clear: Mr. Santos repeatedly, egregiously, and brazenly violated the public’s trust,” said Rep. Susan Wild (D-07).
“Every action taken by the Investigative Subcommittee and the full Ethics Committee in our investigation into Mr. Santos was unanimous and bipartisan. The staggering factual record that the Committee compiled of his crimes and wrongdoings showed that Mr. Santos is unfit and unworthy to serve the American people. He brought this action on himself, and it is long past time for the people of NY-03 to have credible representation in Congress.
“I am heartened by the overwhelming bipartisan vote to expel, because it shows that the vast majority of our members still care about ethics in government. Serving in Congress is a privilege, not a right. I voted to expel Mr. Santos today to maintain the highest level of integrity in government that Americans deserve.”
Santos joins an exclusive group of five other men who have been expelled from the lower chamber, including former Pennsylvania Rep. Michael “Ozzie” Myers who was expelled in October 1980. Myers’ expulsion by the House came after he was convicted of bribery in the 1970s-era Abscam sting investigation. The first three people removed from the House took up arms for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Myers and Ohio Democrat James Traficant were removed for federal crimes. Traficant was the last member to face expulsion back in July 2002.