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Justin Pearson sworn back in to Tennessee House

Posted on AllSides April 13th, 2023
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REUTERS/Kevin Wurm

Tennessee state Representative Justin Pearson was sworn in on Thursday after being reappointed to the legislature from which he and a Democratic colleague were expelled for leading a gun protest on the House of Representatives floor.

To applause, whoops and cheers, Pearson stood before a crowd of about 50 supporters and media as he was sworn in on the steps of the Capitol.

"We've just been expelled, but we're back," Pearson told the crowd. "You can't expel hope. You can't expel our voice. You can't expel our fight.

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