Texas Representative Ryan Guillen announced Monday that he is leaving the Democratic Party and becoming a Republican.
“Something is happening in South Texas. Many of us are waking up to the fact that the values in Washington D.C. are not our values in South Texas,” the state representative said at an announcement that was attended by several state Republican leaders including, Governor Greg Abbott.
“I’m proud to continue voting the way I have and not doing so against my party,” he continued.
Guillen, who has been in the Texas legislature since 2003, has frequently been at odds with his party on key issues including abortion and gun rights. He supported a bill for constitutional carry in Texas and backed the Texas Heartbeat Act, a pro-life bill designed to