In a decisive and historic move, the US House of Representatives has expelled New York Republican Congressman George Santos. This landmark decision makes Santos only the sixth lawmaker to be ousted from the lower chamber and the first since 2002.
Santos, 35, faced a damning ethics report and multiple criminal charges, leading to a vote of 311 to 114 in favor of his expulsion. His rapid departure from the House floor, bypassing the press, marked the culmination of a controversial and scandal-ridden tenure.
Santos’ troubles began shortly after his election win in November 2022. Revelations by The New York Times uncovered a web of fabrications about his past, including false claims about his education, work history, and even his family background. This pattern of deception extended to allegations of scamming dog breeders and misrepresenting his mother’s death.
The House Ethics Committee’s investigation brought to light Santos’ misuse of campaign funds for personal expenses, including luxury items and payments to adult content platforms. Despite these findings and mounting pressure, Santos had remained defiant, refusing to step down and labeling his critics as “bullies.”
The final push for Santos’ expulsion came amid revelations of defrauding fellow lawmakers and misusing campaign funds. These accusations, coupled with a series of charges including wire fraud and money laundering, cemented his fate in Congress.
Following the vote, Santos’ seat was vacated immediately, narrowing the already slim Republican majority in the House. New York Governor Kathy Hochul is expected to call for a special election to fill the vacancy, with potential candidates already being considered.