Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Missouri House Democrat Switches Parties, Bumps Republican Majority to 118

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Missouri House Democrat Switches Parties, Bumps Republican Majority to 118

Article excerpt

JEFFERSON CITY * Missouri Democrats lost another seat in the House of Representatives Wednesday, just a day after Republicans bumped up their majority in both chambers.

Rep. Linda Black, of Desloge, ran unopposed to retain her District 117 seat Tuesday night. Black, who was first elected in 2008, ran as a Democrat. On Wednesday morning she joined the Republican party.

With the addition of Black, Republicans now hold 118 House seats, nine more than the 109 needed to override the governor on a party line vote. They also hold 25 Senate seats, two more than the 23 needed to override the governor on a party line vote.

In a statement Wednesday, Black said she found it "difficult to square my social and moral beliefs, and, I believe, the social and moral values of voters in my district, with some of the views of the Democratic Party."

Black, a former public school teacher, has consistently voted in favor of Republican priority bills including abortion restrictions and firearms. …

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