GOP takes control of La. house with Hines switch
BATON ROUGE - Republicans will have the majority in Louisiana's House of Representatives for the first time since Reconstruction, with the party switch of a New Orleans lawmaker.
Democratic Rep. Walker Hines announced Friday he is switching to the GOP.
Hines' move gives Republicans 51, with Democrats having 50, and there are four independents.
Democrats control the state Senate.
Hines says his discontent with Democrats has grown over the past few years.
Hines is 26 years old, and is the youngest member of the Louisiana Legislature.