Freshman Miss. rep jumps parties, from Democrat to Republican

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON — A freshman lawmaker from the Mississippi Delta has switched from Democrat to Republican, saying his beliefs on the budget and social issues are more in line with the GOP.

Rep. Jason White of West was elected in November 2011 and took office in January 2012. He holds the seat for District 48, which includes parts of Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Holmes, Humphreys and Leake counties.

White says he originally ran as a Democrat because local politicians typically do so. But he says after he got to the Capitol, he didn’t fit in with the party.

Democratic Rep. Jim Evans of Jackson says White deceived voters by running in one party and switching to another.

Republicans now hold 65 seats in the 122-member House.