Two Miss. House Democrats change to GOP

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Two more Mississippi lawmakers have switched from Democrat to Republican.

State Reps. Margaret Rogers of New Albany and Russ Nowell of Louisville announced their switch Thursday during a news conference at the state Republican Party headquarters in Jackson.

With the changes, there are now 53 Republicans and 68 Democrats in the state House of Representatives, with one vacant seat.

In late December, Sen. Cindy Hyde Smith of Brookhaven and Rep. Bobby Shows of Ellisville switched from Democrat to Republican.

There are 26 Republicans and 25 Democrats in the state Senate, with one vacancy.

Click video to hear audio