State Rep. John Thompson says he will serve as an independent after being ousted by the House DFL.
Thompson, who has faced controversy following a July 4 traffic stop and resurfaced reports of domestic violence, was voted out of the House DFL caucus by members Tuesday evening.
“Rep. Thompson’s actions, credible reports of abuse and misconduct, and his failure to take responsibility remain unacceptable for a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. It would be best for Rep. Thompson, his family, and the institution for him to resign,” a statement from House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Majority Leader Ryan Winkler reads.
“In the absence of a resignation, the Minnesota House DFL has voted to remove Rep. Thompson from the caucus.”
Despite calls to resign, Thompson has maintained he has no plans to leave his position representing the Eastside of St. Paul.
Thompson said he will instead move forward as an independent and continue serving on committees.
“Last night, the DFL chose to release me from their caucus, but what they didn’t do is dampen my resolve to continue serving my district and authentically making sure the voices of those that have been marginalized are clearly heard in the halls of power at the State Capitol,” Thompson said in a statement.
On July 4, Thompson was pulled over for driving without a front license plate. It was later reported he presented officers with a Wisconsin drivers license, despite representing St. Paul in the Legislature.
Thompson called the traffic stop an act of racial profiling.
He reportedly did obtain a Minnesota’s drivers license following the incident, though state officials have filed a request to suspend it after he failed to appear in court or pay the fine for the July 4 ticket, according to MPR.
And after FOX 9 began looking into Thompson’s residency following the stop, the station found four police reports in which Thompson was reportedly involved in incidents of domestic violence.
One of the incidents, taking place in Superior, Wisconsin, resulted in a conviction on reduced charges.
Following news of the reports, multiple DFL leaders, including Gov. Tim Walz and party chairman Ken Martin called for Thompson’s resignation.
But Thompson again rejected these calls to step down.