West Virginia Democrat state senator switches to Republican Party

West Virginia State Senator Glenn Jeffries says he doesn't identify with the leftward direction of the modern Democratic Party
GOP Elephant on in a rug in the lobby of the Republican Party's headquarters in Washington.

West Virginia state Democrat Sen. Glenn Jeffries has switched to the Republican Party.

Jeffries in his announcement Thursday appeared to avoid any clear-cut partisan explanation for his switch.

“Our politics have gotten so personal and difficult," he said. "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."

However, he suggested his change could held bring more businesses to the state, help West Virginia with economic development.

The Putnam County Republican Executive Committee first announced Jeffries' switch and welcomed him into the entire state GOP party.

"Senator Jeffries has proven himself to be a very hard worker for Putnam County," said Tony Hodge, the committee chairman and co-chairman of the state party.