Democrat Gloria Johnson is seeking reelection to her House seat, while also running a long-shot campaign for U.S. Senate. She suspects that inspired the bill.
Rep. Justin Jones said Tuesday that an independent investigation was conducted and it was determined that the staffer would be suspended until May.
Johnson’s candidacy, should she advance to face Blackburn, will test how a more progressive Democrat with name recognition and funding fares in the state.
Beyond seeking that the expulsion and the House rules on debate be declared unconstitutional, the lawsuit also says Justin Jones should be returned to a committee from which he was removed.
With Thursday’s elections, a majority of Nashville’s metro council will also be female.
Johnson would have to survive a Democratic Primary before taking on incumbent Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn.
The crowd, which included gun control advocates urging change in a Special Session after a deadly Nashville school shooting in March, shouted ‘fascists’ and ‘racists.’
The state hasn’t elected a Democrat to a statewide office since 2006.
Earlier this year, Tennessee’s GOP-dominated Statehouse refused to consider tightening the state’s relaxed gun laws.
Thursday’s election came as lawmakers are preparing to return to Nashville later this month for a Special Session to address possibly changing the state’s gun control laws.