Louisiana Democrat Switches Parties, Giving Republicans Historic Power Gain

Francis Thompson, the longest-serving Democrat in the Louisiana state legislature, is dumping the Democratic Party and switching to the GOP.

The move gives Republicans a supermajority in Baton Rouge for the first time in the state’s history.

The Louisiana GOP announced that Thompson was switching parties in a press release.

Republicans celebrated Thompson giving the GOP a 70-vote supermajority.

According to Newsweek, Thompson was first elected to the state legislature as a Democrat in 1975.

The former Democrat said his decision to switch to Republican was guided by his values and principles.

He revealed that the Democrats’ agenda, on both a state and national level, conflicts with his beliefs as a Christian.

“Let me be clear—nothing has changed,” Thompson said in a statement soon after the switch.

“There are values and principles that I firmly hold onto that guide my decisions.

“My conservative voting record over my years in the Legislature speaks for itself.”

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“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 a part of my Christian life,” he continued.

During his time in office, Thompson has a history of voting with Republicans.

He has already caucused with the GOP, even before switching parties.

In December 2022, Thompson signed GOP-led legislation that exempted religious institutions from state public health orders.

The bill was later vetoed by Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards.

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