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AZ rep. removed after sexual misconduct accusations

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     The Arizona House expelled one Republican representative amid allegations of sexual misconduct. With a vote of 56 to 3, the House kicked out Representative Don Shooter on Thursday, making him the first state lawmaker in the country to be expelled since the emergence of the #METOO Movement.
     Other legislators nationwide have resigned after sexual misconduct accusations, but the expulsion marked a new escalation in handling such cases. A three-month investigation showed Shooter had a lengthy pattern of sexual harassment towards women -- including Representative Michelle Ugenti-Rita. Shooter defended himself before exiting the chamber prior to the final vote, while other representatives condemned their colleague's actions.
     Shooter was elected to the Senate in 2010 and moved to the House in 2016. His seat was immediately declared vacant and will be filled by another Republican. The GOP Committee members in his district will nominate three people for the post before district officials make the final choice.

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