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Mar 17, 2010 2:26 PM by Letitia Walker

Representative Troy Hebert Switches Parties

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An Iberia Parish state senator has left

the Democratic Party and become the Senate's only member

independent of a political party.

Sen. Troy Hebert of Jeanerette says he changed to no party

affiliation because he wants the freedom to support both Democratic

and Republican ideas. He says he thinks the change shows his

willingness to work with lawmakers on both sides of the political

aisle.

Hebert is in his first term as a state senator. Before that, he

was a member of the state House of Representatives for 12 years.

He's known for his colorful anecdotes, stories of rural Acadiana

and often fiery speeches in defense of the "little man."

Hebert joins three House members who are registered with no

party affiliation.

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