Longest Serving Republican Legislator of Iowa, Andrew John McKean, Is Switching Party
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The longest serving Republican legislator of Iowa, Andy McKean, is leaving the Republican party to join the Democrats. McKean notes that Donald Trump has played a major part in his decision to switch party. McKean served 7 terms in the House and 3 terms in the Senate. He is not the only Republican leader leaving the Republican party. This year, Republican lawmakers from California, New Jersey, and Kansas also announced that they were switching parties.
On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, McKean made the statement to switch party during a press conference at the Iowa Capitol, in the video “Longtime GOP Lawmaker Andy McKean Switches Parties And Cites Trump, Time“, below:
McKean also commented, “If this is the new normal, I want no part of it.”
More on Andy McKean in the excerpt from Wikipedia, in italics, below:
Andrew John McKean (born June 23, 1949) is an American politician in the state of Iowa. Andrew John McKean was born in the New York City borough of Manhattan on June 23, 1949, the eldest son of Elly (née Mayer; 1916–2016) and Lloyd George McKean (1919–2002). His great-grandfather, John McKean (1835–1891), was a judge in Jones County, Iowa, and served in the Iowa General Assembly. The family eventually settled in Westchester County, New York, and McKean attended public schools in Greenburgh. McKean later attended State University of New York at Oneonta, the University of Rhode Island, where he received a Master of City Planning degree, and law school at the University of Iowa.
A member of the Republican Party from 1978 to 2019, McKean served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1979 to 1993 (23rd district from 1979 to 1983 and 44th district from 1983 to 1993) and the Iowa Senate from 1993 to 2003 (28th district). McKean returned to serving in the Iowa House of Representatives in 2017.
On April 23, 2019, McKean announced his change of party affiliation from Republican to Democratic. He cited President Donald Trump and the growing partisanship of Republicans as his reasons for the decision.
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