The Oregon House voted 59-1 Thursday June 10 2021 to expel Rep. Mike Nearman, the first time it has ejected a sitting representative. Lawmakers removed Nearman because he let far-right demonstrators, some of whom were armed, into the Capitol on Dec. 21 while lawmakers were holding a special session. Surveillance video captured Nearman, a four-term Republican, opening a door and exiting the building, stepping aside so that demonstrators waiting at the entrance could quickly slip into the building. The demonstrators clashed with police who attempted to expel them from the building and allegedly sprayed police with bear mace. A video from December 2020 surfaced showed Nearman instructing viewers how they should wait outside an entrance to the Capitol and text his cell phone. Nearman already faces criminal misconduct charges for the incident . Mike Nearman was raised in Oregon and attended Jesuit High School in Portland. After graduating from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he returned to Oregon to help with the family office furniture business. Almost too late in life, he completed a degree in Computer Science from Western Oregon University, confirming once and for all that he is now educated beyond his intelligence. He's held a variety of jobs. He has been a cab driver, a dishwasher, a grave digger, a computer support technician, a mover, a call center supervisor (as in "can I speak to your supervisor?"), and most recently a software engineer. Adding State Legislator to his resume means that there is pretty much no way that it will fit on a single page anymore.