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Hopson changes party’s
Houston County Courier - November 2009
According to a press release issued by Bryan Eppstein of The Election Group, State Representative Chuck Hopson announced mid-day on Friday, Nov. 6 that he has formally resigned from the Democrat Party and will join the Republican Party at a press conference in a few days in Jacksonville.
The press release said details for the press conference would be announced later.
Local, state and national Republican leaders including United States Senator John Cornyn, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, and East Texas Republican officials are reportedly joining Hopson for the press conference.
"Chuck is an outstanding public servant who fights hard for his East Texas constituents," said Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.
"The Republican Party warmly welcomes Chuck because of his integrity and commitment to conservative values."
Hopson, a pharmacist, added that he felt it was important to announce his decision immediately in fairness to the Texas Democrat Party in order to allow them time to select a Democrat nominee for the 2010 election.
"I believe in democracy and respect its process. I will be running as a Republican in 2010 and will campaign hard to win the Republican primary and general elections," Hopson stated.
Hopson also added that he agreed strongly with the Republican Party on issues of family values, illegal immigration reform, gun rights, property owner rights and the death penalty.
In the 2008 general election, over 71 percent of the voters in Texas House District 11 supported both John McCain for president and US Senator John Cornyn's reelection.
The district includes Cherokee, Houston, Panola and Rusk Counties.
Hopson has represented East Texas in the state legislature since 2001.