Mississippi state Rep. Billy Nicholson of Little Rock has switched from being a Democrat to a Republican.
Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Brad White welcomed Nicholson to the GOP Wednesday.
“I am proud to welcome Rep. Nicholson to the Republican Party,” said White. “I have said many times that conservatives don’t have a home in the Democratic Party, but Billy, and those like him, certainly has a home with the GOP.”
“Truth be told, this was not a difficult decision,” Nicholson said. “I have no choice but to relinquish my ties with the Democrats and join the Republican Party. It has never been clearer that hope for Mississippi stays alive with the leadership and ideals of the Republicans.”
The 61-year-old Nicholson was elected to represent a district that covers parts of Neshoba, Newton and Scott counties.
Nicholson has been in the legislature since 2000. He's vice-chairman of the House Ethics Committee.