State Rep. Bubber Epps of Dry Branch left the Democratic Party for the ruling GOP, House officials said Monday.
Epps told the Republican caucus meeting in Athens that he was officially switching parties.
Epps’ move gives the GOP 113 current seats in the House, with two vacancies in districts last served by a Republican, meaning that come February the GOP caucus could be 115. Epps is the seventh Democrat to switch parties since the Nov. 2 election.
Epps represents District 140 which includes parts of Bibb, Jones, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties.