The senator is not U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), but who knows down the road. The West Virginia state senator flipping from democratic to join the republican ranks is prominent West Virginia State Senator Glenn Jeffries.
He submitted his paperwork even though he was elected as a democrat in 2016. Republicans hold a majority of the state senate with 31 senators.
As the Democrat Party steadily inches leftward toward outright disaster, members are seeking to distance themselves from increasingly radical values by any means necessary.
“I have the greatest respect for the many friends and supporters I have been blessed with during my time in public office,” Jeffries said in his announcement. “I hope to continue and strengthen those relationships going forward.”
“Our politics have gotten so personal and difficult. I want to make sure that I serve constituents and our state in a respectful, thoughtful way that leads to a better life for all West Virginians,” he added.
His change in party status was first announced by the Putnam County Republican Executive Committee.
“I warmly welcome Senator Glenn Jeffries into the West Virginia Republican Party,” Tony Hodge, the Putnam County Republican Party Chairman and the Co-Chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party, said. “Senator Jeffries has proven himself to be a very hard worker for Putnam County. His efforts to improve infrastructure such as water and sewer services as well as road maintenance have been exemplary.”
Senate President Craig Blair welcomed Jeffries to the GOP in a statement this week.
“With Senator Jeffries as a member of our caucus, we stand at 31 members strong. Glenn has been a leader in the minority caucus with his work in economic development and infrastructure,” Blair said. “As a successful small business owner, he knows what meeting a payroll, hard work, responsibility, and teamwork mean. I know he has been – and will continue to be – an incredibly valuable member of the West Virginia Senate.”