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 Tennessee House’s ban on silently holding signs in House galleries directly undermines Tennesseans’ First Amendment right to express their opinions on issues that affect them and their families.’
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.
‘You can’t expel a movement!’
GOP leaders said the expulsion actions — used only a handful times since the Civil War — were necessary to avoid setting bad precedent.
After Republicans expelled him, campaign for Tennessee Democratic Rep. Justin Pearson says he raised $860K
Had Republican lawmakers left the two young Black lawmakers in office, they would’ve been banned from raising cash because a Legislative Session was ongoing.