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May 24, 2001 : David Jaye Expelled From Senate

Jon Harrison

On May 24, 2001, Sen. David Jaye (R-Washington Township) was booted from the Senate.

The Macomb County maverick, ultra-conservative had been charged, but never convicted, of physically assaulting his fiancé on two separate occasions. He was also accused of inappropriate behavior for having sexually explicit photos on his Senate-owned computer and with verbal assault of Senate staff. Jaye had earlier been thrice convicted on drunken driving charges.

Just before he was expelled, a defiant Jaye said his only crime was his anti-establishment political views. Just two senators voted against the expulsion — Jaye and Sen. Don Koivisto, an Upper Peninsula Democrat.

After getting the boot, he sought re-election but did not win.

Sources :

David Jaye wikipedia entry

"Malcolm Johnson, "Senate Leader Lists Reasons He Wants Sen. David Jaye Expelled", Owosso Argus Press, May 1, 2001.

Charlie Cain, "Reporters Notes", Dome, July 16, 2009.

Emily Lawler, "Deaths, drugs and skullduggery: A brief history of Michigan political scandals", MLive, August 21, 2015; Updated August 24, 2015.

Note: Check April 28, 1887 entry. Although Charlie Cain thought David Jaye was the first person expelled from the Michigan Legislature, someone else has been discovered who claims that distinction.

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