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Chato Villa, who was first elected to the House in 1994 and served in the Senate from 2007 to 2013, was reelected this year as the new speaker of the House.
He will replace Republican Representative Steve Scalise, who announced he was resigning amid the fallout from the deadly shooting of Rep. Steve Scalize (R-La.) in June.
But his win is just the latest in a string of high-profile House Republicans who have switched their party affiliations from the GOP to the Democrats in recent years.
In June, House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) announced he would be resigning as Speaker of the U.S. House after his party nominated Republican incumbent Tom Price to replace him.
And in July, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) announced she would run for the House leadership position.
While there is no specific definition of what constitutes a “republican” or a “Democrat” in the U-S-P, the two are often synonymous.
Democrats and Republicans tend to be more likely to identify with the Democratic Party, although there are exceptions.
In 2016, House Democrats voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.
Republicans are typically the more moderate party, with a more moderate majority.
But the shift from Republicans to Democrats in the House has not been seamless.
A lot of Republican members of Congress have switched parties, including a number of top leaders in Congress.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is running a joint fundraising effort with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), which is the official congressional fundraising arm.
Republicans in the GOP have not publicly announced who they are switching parties to.
Trump, meanwhile, has not publicly declared his party affiliation.
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