Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price released the following statement in reaction to Representative Andy McKean’s decision to join the House Democratic Caucus after serving for 35 years as a member of the Republican Party:

“We gladly welcome Andy McKean to the Democratic Party. His decision to put people over politics shows his commitment to our state. Rep. McKean has already joined Democrats in standing up for a host of issues important to Iowa’s working families and his announcement brings us one vote closer to truly representing Iowa values in the House.

“He’s a respected lawmaker and I look forward to working with him to ensure that all Iowans are represented under the Golden Dome.”