U.S. Rep. Mike Parker, one of the most conservative Democrats in the House, announced Friday he is joining the GOP.
“I truly believe the party that is moving this country in the right direction is the Republican party. I think it is our last best chance to do that,” Parker, 46, said.
Since Republicans seized control of Congress in 1994, four House Democrats have switched, leaving 234 Republicans, 198 Democrats, and one independent. There are two vacancies.