Lee, longtime south Miss. senator, switches to GOP

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Longtime state Sen. Ezell Lee of Picayune says he’s switching from Democrat to Republican but that move won’t change his political beliefs.

Appearing Tuesday at a Republican news conference in Jackson, Lee said: “I have always tried to vote that conservative vote.”

The 72-year-old former teacher and coach filed last week to seek re-election this year as a Republican. Lee was first elected to the state Senate in 1992 after serving four years in the House.

He represents Senate District 47, which zigzags through parts of Pearl River, Stone, Harrison and Jackson counties.

There are now 27 Republicans and 24 Democrats in the state Senate, with one vacancy.