Audio: For the first time since the Civil War, the Missouri House votes to expel one of its own

Representative Rick Roeber Lee's Summit

The Missouri House has voted unanimously to expel Lee’s Summit Representative Rick Roeber. The House Ethics Committee released an investigative report this week about allegations that Roeber, a Republican, abused his four adult children when they were younger. It says two of the children were allegedly sexually abused and two others reported being physically abused.

On the House floor, Ethics Committee Chairman Travis Fitzwater, a fellow Republican, did not hold back.

 

 

In his committee testimony, Roeber denied the abuse and blamed the allegations on his ex-wife and their “bitter divorce”. The House recommends law enforcement pursue possible criminal charges.

Two of the children were allegedly sexually abused and two others reported being physically abused. On the House floor, Speaker Rob Vescovo of Arnold encouraged members to expel the fellow Republican.

 

 

In his committee testimony, Roeber said his kids are Democrats and the allegations are a political hit.

A House Ethics Committee’s investigation described allegations that two of the children were allegedly sexually abused and two others reported being physically abused. On the House floor, Committee Chairman Travis Fitzwater says the committee believes the children.

 

 

The House recommends law enforcement pursue possible criminal charges. In 1865, the chamber ousted John Sampson of Callaway County.