Kansas State Lawmaker: I Left GOP Over Education Cuts

January 11, 2019 AT 7:40 AM

By Owen Daugherty

A Kansas state lawmaker who left the GOP to become a Democrat said she defected because of the Republican Party’s stance on public education funding.

“I believe that [switching parties] will help me change things primarily because there is a lot more room in the Democratic Party for those who support public education,” state Rep. Stephanie Clayton said on CNN Monday.

Clayton said House and Senate leaders in Kansas scrapped an education plan that had widespread support, leading her to switch parties, a move two other female state lawmakers followed.

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