Facing a rising Republican tide in South Texas and a growing gap between himself and the national Democratic Party, Rep. Ryan Guillen (R-Rio Grande City) announced he was switching parties.

“After much consideration and prayer with my family, I feel that my fiscally conservative, pro-business and pro-life values are no longer in-step with the Democratic Party of today,” Guillen said in a statement. “I have found that my core beliefs align with the Republican Party.” According to Rice Univ.’s Mark Jones, Guillen was the most conservative member of the Democratic caucus during the 2021 legislative session.

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