JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi House member has switched from Democrat to Republican.
Rep. Scott Bounds announced his decision during a news conference Monday at Republican Party Headquarters in Jackson.
Bounds noted his "conservative philosophical and policy beliefs" as the reason for his change.
With Bounds, there will be 50 Republicans in the House, and the chamber will have 72 Democrats.
Bounds is from Philadelphia and has been in the Legislature since 2004.
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