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December 1, 2021

Dem Lawmaker Arrested Twice in One Month

Rep. Aaron Coleman (D-KS) was arrested for a DUI while out on bond for domestic battery charges. The second arrest prompted several state politicians to call for his resignation.

“Mr. Coleman’s most recent arrest is further evidence that he is not fit to serve in the Kansas House of Representatives and that his continued presence in the Legislature is a disservice to his constituents,” Gov. Laura Kelly said in a statement.

Kansas House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer also called for his resignation.

“I want to reiterate what I have said in the past: It is clear Representative Coleman is in dire need of help,” Sawyer wrote in a statement. “For the sake of the state of Kansas, his constituents, and himself, he should resign and concentrate on getting the help he badly needs.”

“The stress of the legislature is not a healthy environment for someone in this mental state,” he added.

“He should resign so he can get the help he needs,” Rep. Stephanie Clayton (D-KS) tweeted.

The 21-year-old Democrat has been the center of controversy following his election in 2020. A legislative committee formerly reprimanded him for alleged past abuse of young women. The Kansas Department of Labor banned Coleman over alleged “disruptive, intimidating and berating behavior.”

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Kansas Gov. Kelly calls for Kansas House Rep. Aaron Coleman to resign following arrest

November 5, 2021

Democratic lawmaker arrested for domestic violence

Kansas state Rep. Aaron Coleman (D) has been arrested on a domestic battery charge.

The 21-year-old first-year lawmaker is not married, and details of the incident were not immediately available. Also unclear are the potential consequences Coleman might face in the House following his arrest.

“Given what little we know about the situation, I am concerned for everyone involved,” House Speaker Ron Ryckman said. “I know that law enforcement will thoroughly investigate and assess the situation so that we can take appropriate action.”

House Democratic Leader Tom Sawyer called for Coleman’s resignation.

“This is extremely disturbing news,” Sawyer said. “His constituents and the State of Kansas would be better served if he were to resign and get the help he badly needs. However, I want to reiterate again that the House Democratic Caucus does not condone this behavior in any way, shape, or form.”

Coleman has a history of abusive behavior. After his election last year, Coleman received a written reprimand from a House committee about his conduct. The committee investigated Coleman following accusations of abusive behavior towards young girls and women. Coleman acknowledged the behavior on social media, saying he was a troubled teenager.

Last month, the Kansas Department of Labor director banned Coleman from their offices because Coleman tried to access the main office improperly through a secured employee entry and berated a security officer.

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Kansas lawmaker arrested on domestic violence charge

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