The vote was 146-5 to expel Henriquez. The chamber also struck down a proposal to merely censure Henriquez instead of ousting him.
Henriquez, who is serving a six-month jail sentence after being convicted last month of assaulting a former girlfriend in July 2012, said before the vote that he was innocent of the charges and rejected calls for him to resign.
“You may have thought, or think, that this could have been avoided if I resigned, but with all due respect, it is my strong belief that an innocent man does not plea, an innocent man does not quit,” he said.
Henriquez, who was brought to the capitol by sheriff’s deputies, has also questioned the fairness of his trial and sentence.
Henriquez wore a dark suit and wasn’t handcuffed during a six-minute speech to the packed chamber. He left the chamber immediately after speaking, and was not there for the vote "
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