Athens, GA (AP) - The Democratic defections continue in the
State Rep. Bubber Epps on Monday became the latest Democratic
state lawmaker to switch his allegiance to the Republican Party.
Epps, of Dry Branch, was introduced by House Speaker David Ralston
at a GOP caucus meeting at the legislature's biennial meeting in
Epps is the eighth Democratic state lawmaker to switch sides
since the Nov. 2 general election. Republicans now hold 113 seats
in the 180-member House. Democrats control 64 seats, there is one
independent and two seats are open.
The GOP needs 120 seats for a super-majority in the chamber.
Epps represents parts of Bibb, Jones, Twiggs and Wilkinson
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