Alabama State Senator Switches to GOP

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Another Democrat in the Alabama Legislature has switched to the Republican Party.

Sen. Jerry Fielding of Talladega County announced Thursday that he's joining the Republican Party. His switch gives the Senate 23 Republicans, 11 Democrats and one independent.

The Republican Party has been picking up party switchers since it took control of the Legislature in the November 2010 election.

Four Democratic representatives switched shortly after the election: Steve Hurst of Munford, Alan Boothe of Troy, Lesley Vance of Phenix City, and Mike Millican of Hamilton. Alan Harper of Aliceville made the switch in February.

Democrats have picked up one Republican. Rep. Daniel Bowman of Sulligent joined the Democratic Party in 2011.