State legislators who have switched political party affiliation

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This page displays the state legislators who at some point in their career have switched their political party affiliation.

The list is a work-in-progress and is not comprehensive. The page will be continually updated to track as many of these switches as possible.

As of October 2014, Ballotpedia staff have counted 61 current state legislators who have switched parties since 2007.

State Senate

Democrats who switched to Republican

Name:Party:Current office:
Chris SteinegerEnds.png Republican Kansas State Senate District 6
Eldon NygaardEnds.png Republican South Dakota State Senate District 17
Evan JenkinsEnds.png Republican West Virginia State Senate District 5
Gray TollisonEnds.png Republican Mississippi State Senate, District 9
Jack HillEnds.png Republican Georgia State Senate District 4
Jerry L. FieldingEnds.png Republican Alabama State Senate District 11
Jody AmedeeEnds.png Republican Louisiana State Senate, District 18
John AlarioEnds.png Republican Louisiana State Senate, District 8
John R. SmithEnds.png Republican Louisiana State Senate, District 30
Nickey BrowningEnds.png Republican Mississippi State Senate, District 3
Nolan MettetalEnds.png Republican Mississippi House of Representatives, District 10
Norby ChabertEnds.png Republican Louisiana State Senate, District 20
Robert AdleyEnds.png Republican Louisiana State Senate, District 36
Rusty CroweEnds.png Republican Tennessee State Senate District 3
Tim GoldenEnds.png Republican Georgia State Senate District 8
Tommy GollottEnds.png Republican Mississippi State Senate, District 50

Republicans who switched to Democratic

Name:Party:Current office:
Chris KosterElectiondot.png Democratic Attorney General of Missouri
Mike GabbardElectiondot.png Democratic Hawaii State Senate District 20

Independent who switched to Democratic

No officials have been added to this category yet.

Independent who switched to Republican

No officials have been added to this category yet.

Democrats who switched to Independent

No officials have been added to this category yet.

Republican who switched to Independent

No officials have been added to this category yet.

State House

Democrats who switched to Republican

Name:Party:Current office:
Aaron PenaEnds.png Republican Texas House of Representatives, District 40
Alan BootheEnds.png Republican Alabama House of Representatives District 89
Alan PowellEnds.png Republican Georgia House of Representatives District 32
Amy CarterEnds.png Republican Georgia House of Representatives District 175
Bobby ShowsEnds.png Republican Mississippi House of Representatives, District 89
Bubber EppsEnds.png Republican Georgia House of Representatives District 144
Chuck HopsonEnds.png Republican Texas House of Representatives, District 11
Dan MorrishEnds.png Republican Louisiana State Senate, District 25
Dawn PettengillEnds.png Republican Iowa House of Representatives District 75
Doug McKillipEnds.png Republican Georgia House of Representatives District 115
Ellis BlackEnds.png Republican Georgia House of Representatives District 174
Fred Mills, Jr.Ends.png Republican Louisiana State Senate, District 22
Gerald GreeneEnds.png Republican Georgia House of Representatives District 151
James FanninEnds.png Republican Louisiana House of Representatives, District 13
Jason WhiteEnds.png Republican Mississippi House of Representatives, District 48
Jeff SmithEnds.png Republican Mississippi House of Representatives, District 39
Jenna HaggarEnds.png Republican South Dakota House District 10
Lesley VanceEnds.png Republican Alabama House of Representatives District 80
Linda Collins-SmithEnds.png Republican Arkansas House of Representatives District 80
Michael WilletteEnds.png Republican Maine State Senate, District 2
Mickey ChannellEnds.png Republican Georgia House of Representatives District 120
Mike CheokasEnds.png Republican Georgia House of Representatives District 138
Mike JacobsEnds.png Republican Georgia House of Representatives District 80
Mike MillicanEnds.png Republican Alabama House of Representatives District 17
Ryan FernsEnds.png Republican West Virginia House of Delegates District 3
Simone ChampagneEnds.png Republican Louisiana House of Representatives District 49
Steve HurstEnds.png Republican Alabama House of Representatives District 35
Taylor BarrasEnds.png Republican Louisiana House of Representatives District 48
Walker HinesEnds.png Republican Louisiana House of Representatives District 95

Republicans who switched to Democrats

Name:Party:Current office:
Daniel H. BomanElectiondot.png Democratic Alabama House of Representatives District 16
Diana UrbanElectiondot.png Democratic Connecticut House of Representatives, District 43
Karen Leinani AwanaElectiondot.png Democratic Hawaii House of Representatives District 43
Kathy AsheElectiondot.png Democratic Georgia House of Representatives District 56
Melvin HenleyElectiondot.png Democratic Kentucky House of Representatives District 5
Mike SpanoElectiondot.png Democratic New York State Assembly District 93
Richard CarrollElectiondot.png Democratic Arkansas House of Representatives
Rodney TomElectiondot.png Democratic Washington State Senate District 48
Wade HurtElectiondot.png Democratic Kentucky House of Representatives District 37

Independent who switched to Democrats

No officials have been added to this category yet.

Independent who switched to Republican

Name:Party:Current office:
Andrew NunezEnds.png Republican New Mexico House of Representatives District 36
Bert JonesEnds.png Republican North Carolina House of Representatives District 65
Joel RobideauxEnds.png Republican Louisiana House of Representatives District 45

Democrats who switched to Independent

Name:Party:Current office:
Andrew NunezEnds.png Republican New Mexico House of Representatives District 36
Robert ZiegelbauerGrey.png Nonpartisan Wisconsin State Assembly District 25

Republican who switched to Independent

No officials have been added to this category yet.