AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Rep. Aaron Pena, a longtime Democrat from
deep South Texas, is becoming a Republican.
Pena said Tuesday he will "stand as a member of the Republican
Party" and will run as a Republican in his next election in
heavily Hispanic Hidalgo County, which he says has never elected a
Pena said Texas Democrats have strayed too far from his
Along with Rep. Allan Ritter, who also is announcing his switch
to the GOP Tuesday, Republicans will have a 101-49 supermajority in
the House when the Legislature convenes in January.