State Rep. Guillen Confirms Rapidly Growing Trend in South Texas, Leaves Democrats to Join Texas GOP


Veteran Legislator says Democrats increasingly put themselves in opposition to "our South Texas values."

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — “The voters of my district love this country, they love Texas, they love their families, and they are deeply proud of the huge impact they have on the prosperity and strength of America and the prosperity of their own communities. And, the National Democrat Party is increasingly putting themselves in direct opposition to our values,” said Texas State Rep. Ryan Guillen, announcing today that he will run for re-election in House District 31 in 2022 as a Republican.
 
“Throughout my entire career, creating a prosperous business climate, defending the 2nd Amendment, and protecting the lives of the unborn are the cornerstones of how I have represented my district,” said Guillen.

“After much consideration and prayer with my family, I feel my fiscally conservative, pro-business, and pro-life values are no longer in-step with the Democrat Party of today.

"As a result, I am proudly running as a Republican to represent House District 31.”
           
In 2021, Guillen’s voting record in the legislature was the most conservative of any elected Democrat in the Texas House, according to Rice University’s bi-annual survey of Texas Representatives’ legislative voting records.

Guillen’s legislative record is in step with the voters of his district, who re-elected Guillen over his 2020 GOP opponent by a huge 17% margin – while voting at the same time for President Donald J. Trump by a 13% margin.
 
“The values of Washington D.C. Democrats are not those of HD-31 – and not those of most Texans,” said Guillen.

“The ideology of defunding the police, destroying the Oil & Gas Industry, and opening our border has disastrous consequences for those of us who live in south Texas.

"After years of voting against tax increases, in favor of protecting Texas families, and in favor of border security funding, I've found that my core beliefs align with the Republican Party.

"I am confident that my switch today is the right decision,” said Guillen.

The South Texas House District 31 that Guillen has represented for some 20-odd years encompasses Starr, Zapata, Jim Hogg, Brooks, Kenedy, Duval, La Salle, McMullen, Live Oak, Karnes, and Wilson Counties.


 
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