Rep. Francis Thompson has served as a Democrat lawmaker in Louisiana for nearly 50 years.
The 81-year-old switched his party registration to Republican on Friday.
“The push the past several years by Democratic leadership on both the national and state level to support certain issues does not align with those values and principles that are part of my Christian life,” Thompson said in a statement.
“There are values and principles that I firmly hold onto that guide my decisions,” he added.
“My choice to move to the Republican Party is one that best represents my views and those of the constituents who elected me to serve them.”
Thompson’s party switch gives Louisiana Republicans a supermajority in the state house.
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