Long-serving Democratic Texas state Rep. Ryan Guillen has announced that he is running for re-election as a Republican.
“Throughout my entire career, creating a prosperous business climate, defending the second amendment, and protecting the lives of the unborn are the cornerstones of how I have represented my district,” Guillen said in a statement. “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 Democrat Party of today, and I am proudly running as a Republican to represent House District 31.”
During a press conference Guillen noted that, “After years of voting to protect the 2nd Amendment, after years of voting to protect the unborn and against tax increases and to secure the border,” he is looking forward to not needing to break with his political party in casting such votes.
Guillen has served in the Texas legislature since 2003.
Republicans already held more than half of the seats in the Lone Star State’s House of Representatives, even before Guillen announced his decision to dump the Democratic Party.