Updated December 1, 2023 - 1:36 pm
All four of Nevada’s U.S. House members voted Friday to expel Rep. George Santos over accusations of misspending campaign money and criminal corruption charges.
“Among the basic requirements for members of Congress is acting with integrity at all times and being honest with one’s constituents,” Rep. Dina Titus said in a statement. “Representative Santos has violated the trust of his constituents and the American people by acting in a manner that taints the honor and dignity of this office. Accountability matters.”
The Silver State’s four representatives all originally voted against expelling Santos in early November, wanting to wait until the House Committee on Ethics released its investigative report.
The report released Nov. 16 concluded that the New York representative engaged in fraudulent conduct and used campaign funds for personal purposes, such as spending it on Sephora and OnlyFans.
“The facts have come forward and the details are damning,” Rep. Susie Lee said in a statement following the release of the report. “We cannot allow conduct like this to damage our democracy.”
Rep. Mark Amodei, Nevada’s sole Republican representative, joined 104 other Republicans in voting to expel the member of their own party. The full vote to expel was 311-114, easily clearing the two-thirds majority required.
“The Ethics Committee followed the applicable rules and did an investigation which produced undeniable findings and conclusions,” Amodei said in a statement Friday. “If ever there was a circumstance that warranted expulsion, this is the one.”
Rep. Steven Horsford said Friday was a sober day in the House.
“Now that this sad episode is over, it’s time for Congress to get back to work and to put people over politics,” he said in a statement. “My legislative priorities are those of the people I serve and to pass solutions to lower household costs, create good paying jobs and to protect access to healthcare, Medicare and Social Security.”