- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A timeline of state House Majority Whip Jeremy Durham, who survived a House GOP effort to remove him from his leadership post on Tuesday:

- 2003: Arrested by University of Tennessee police for breaking into the home of the new boyfriend of a woman who had broken up with him a week earlier. Durham confessed breaking into the home and taking items including a guitar, compact disks and the license plate of the man’s car. Prosecutors and school officials don’t pursue case.

- 2005: Finishes third in bid for student body president at the University of Tennessee on campus safety platform, but overspending on the flashy campaign leads to the disqualification of 16 party members who had won Senate seats. Durham blames an “accounting error.”

- 2006: Cited for driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license in Germantown. Records don’t indicate why his license was suspended.

- 2009: Becomes president of the Tennessee Young Republicans, ramping up fundraising efforts for state candidates. Later announces his House bid for a new Williamson County seat before lawmakers approve redistricting maps.



- 2011: Asks a reporter inquiring about his undergraduate arrest whether he “was talking about the right Jeremy Durham,” and later dismisses the events as “college shenanigans.”

- 2012: Gets opponents to agree not to record a candidate forum, but Durham’s campaign manager later shops his own recording to reporters. Durham tells The Tennessean he didn’t know his staffer was going to record the session, but then offers the newspaper a copy.

- 2012: Elected to first two-year term.

- 2013: Prosecutors seek charges against Durham for altering the dates on two prescriptions, but the grand jury decides not to indict.

- 2014: Writes character reference for a Shelbyville youth minister who pleaded guilty to a federal child porn possession charge and later to statutory rape of a 16-year-old congregant. In the letter written on legislative letterhead, Durham recounts the second chance he received when officials decided not to pursue legal or disciplinary action for the “grave error in judgment” he made as an undergraduate.

- November 2015: House Speaker Beth Harwell has Legislature’s human resources chief speak to Durham about unspecified behavioral issues.

- December 2015: Calls reporters “lunatics” for writing about his past brushes with the law, the child porn letter and a growing effort to remove Durham from his position as majority whip in the House.

- January 2016: The Tennessean reports that Durham gave a box containing four Cuban cigars to a colleague in advance of the Tuesday vote on whether to strip him of his leadership position. The lawmaker returned the cigars.

- Jan. 12: Bid to oust Durham from leadership position falls short of two-thirds vote needed in a closed-door meeting of the House Republican Caucus.

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