Diego Hernandez
Diego Hernandez
Two Catholic lawmakers who hit ethics snags are no longer serving in the Oregon Legislature.

Mike Nearman, a former Republican representative from Polk County, was expelled unanimously by his peers earlier this year for opening a door for protesters to enter the locked down Capitol. The group scuffled with police.

Nearman, a Jesuit High School graduate who also attended Mount Angel Seminary, fought to retain his seat and then to be reappointed, but the Polk County commission rejected his bid and instead seated his chief aide, Anna Scharf. An Amity farmer, Scharf has specialized in natural resources. She will serve out Nearman’s term to January 2023 and then plans to run for reelection.

In July, Nearman pled guilty to misconduct. A video emerged that showed Nearman appearing to coach activists on how to breach the Capitol.

Diego Hernandez, a former Democratic representative from East Portland, went more quietly. He had been accused of creating a hostile workplace for at least one woman who worked at the Capitol. After pushing back at first, Hernandez resigned in March, having no support from fellow lawmakers. Multnomah County commissioners chose Andrea Valderrama, a policy director for ACLU of Oregon, to replace him.