Two Texas Democrats have sided with the Republicans

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Two Texas Democrats have sided with the Republicans
Two members of the House of Representatives of the State of Texas announced their transition from Democratic to Republican party. Change of party affiliation  Aaron Pena and Allan Ritter announced in the presence of Texas governor Rick Perry and Speaker of the House of Representatives Joe Straus.
(The Dallas Morning News) -Two Democrats in the Texas House announced Tuesday that they are switching to the Republican Party in move that gives the GOP a supermajority – and near complete control of the agenda – in the lower chamber next year.
Rep. Aaron Peña of Edinburg appeared at a news conference with Gov.Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus to proclaim his move to the GOP along with fellow Democrat Allan Ritter of Nederland, in southeast Texas. Ritter had already indicated his intentions to shift his party affiliation.
The new Republican House members are expected to give the GOP 101 seats in the lower chamber in the 2011 Legislature, a number that will allow the party to exercise power not seen in the House since the early 1980s, when the Democrats had more than 100 of the 150 seats.
The figure for the GOP includes a vacant House seat in Central Texas that was expected to be won by a Republican in a special election Tuesday.
Both Peña and Ritter were elected to new terms as Democrats last month. Both said Tuesday that they had no intention of resigning as a result of their party switch – as was suggested by the head of the Texas Democratic Party.
Several House Republicans attended the news conference where the two men announced their conversion to the GOP.
“Their arrival not only gives Republicans the largest House majority anyone can remember, it also gives credence to our belief that people are increasingly drawn to our party’s conservative values at a time when liberal excesses are threatening to drag our country under,” Perry said in introducing the two new members of his party.
Perry also reminded those present that he was a Democrat in the House before shifting to the Republican Party in 1989.

Two Texas Democrats have sided with the Republicans
Two members of the House of Representatives of the State of Texas announced their transition from Democratic to Republican party. Change of party affiliation  Aaron Pena and Allan Ritter announced in the presence of Texas governor Rick Perry and Speaker of the House of Representatives Joe Straus.

Second Democrat in Texas House announces switch to GOP
The Dallas Morning News Two Democrats in the Texas House announced Tuesday that they are switching to the Republican Party in move that gives the GOP a supermajority – and near complete control of the agenda – in the lower chamber next year.Rep. Aaron Peña of Edinburg appeared at a news conference with Gov.Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus to proclaim his move to the GOP along with fellow Democrat Allan Ritter of Nederland, in southeast Texas. Ritter had already indicated his intentions to shift his party affiliation.The new Republican House members are expected to give the GOP 101 seats in the lower chamber in the 2011 Legislature, a number that will allow the party to exercise power not seen in the House since the early 1980s, when the Democrats had more than 100 of the 150 seats.The figure for the GOP includes a vacant House seat in Central Texas that was expected to be won by a Republican in a special election Tuesday.Both Peña and Ritter were elected to new terms as Democrats last month. Both said Tuesday that they had no intention of resigning as a result of their party switch – as was suggested by the head of the Texas Democratic Party.Several House Republicans attended the news conference where the two men announced their conversion to the GOP.”Their arrival not only gives Republicans the largest House majority anyone can remember, it also gives credence to our belief that people are increasingly drawn to our party’s conservative values at a time when liberal excesses are threatening to drag our country under,” Perry said in introducing the two new members of his party.Perry also reminded those present that he was a Democrat in the House before shifting to the Republican Party in 1989.

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