Longtime Texas Democratic state Rep. Ryan Guillen announced Monday he is switching parties and joining the GOP, saying that his “fiscally conservative, pro-business, and pro-life values are no longer in step with the Democrat Party of today.”
Guillen made the announcement at a news conference alongside top Texas Republicans including Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan, and Texas Republican Party Chairman Matt Rinaldi.
Guillen, 44, was first elected to the Texas House in 2002 and represents the 31st District, which extends north from Starr County on the Mexico border to Atascosa County, just south of San Antonio and approximately 200 miles north of Guillen’s hometown of Rio Grande City.
The district is predominantly populated by Hispanic voters and has traditionally