Nov 15

Rep. Ryan Guillen Switches Parties; Leaves Democrats To Become a Republican

FLORESVILLE — Democratic state Rep. Ryan Guillen of Rio Grande City is switching parties to Republicans press.

Guillen made the announcement Monday morning at a news conference here where he was joined by Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont.

"Friends, something is happening in South Texas, and many of us are waking up to the fact that the values of those in Washington, D.C., are not our values, not the values of most Texans," Guillen said. "The ideology of defunding the police, of destroying the oil and gas industry and the chaos at our border is disastrous for those of us who live here in South Texas."

First elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002, he represents House District 31. Rep. Guillen represents the following counties: Atascosa, Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, Kenedy, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Starr, Willacy.