WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The House of Representatives voted decisively to expel first-term Republican Congressman George Santos from New York. The expulsion, supported by more than two-thirds of the House, makes Santos the sixth member in the chamber’s history to face such severe consequences.

The bipartisan vote of 311-114 highlighted the serious allegations against Santos, including fabrications, lawbreaking, and exploitation of his public position. The House Ethics Committee’s damning report released on Nov. 16, accusing Santos of breaking federal law, played a crucial role in the expulsion.

Santos, who fought against the expulsion effort, now joins a short list of lawmakers ousted from the House, with only two expulsions occurring since the Civil War. The vote marks the end of a tumultuous chapter for Santos, who initially gained attention for flipping a district from Democrats but faced revelations of lies about his personal history, including claims of Jewish ancestry, a Wall Street career, and academic achievements.

The expulsion vote, reaching beyond party lines, leaves Republicans with a narrow majority of 221-213. While GOP leaders initially opposed Santos’s removal, concerns about setting a precedent and the severity of the allegations ultimately led to a significant number of Republicans supporting the expulsion.

Governor Kathy Hochul of New York swiftly responded to the vacant seat, expressing readiness to fill it in a post on X. The special election for New York’s 3rd District is anticipated in mid-to-late February, setting the stage for a competitive year of congressional races.

Santos, facing a 23-count indictment, is accused of duping donors, stealing campaign funds, and lying to Congress. His legal troubles persist as he prepares for trial in New York next year. Despite the expulsion, Santos retains certain privileges, including access to the House floor, in accordance with House rules.