Richard Royal today switched to the Republican Party. I’m told he was intending to wait until qualifying, but went on and did it this morning.
State Representative Richard Royal was elected to the House of Representatives in 1983. He represents the 171st District, which includes the counties of Mitchell and Colquitt. Representative Royal currently serves on the Appropriations Committee, Natural Resources Committee and Ways & Means Committee where he also serves as Chairman of the Property Tax Sub-committee. The legislator was also appointed to the Tobacco Advisory Committee by the Speaker of the House and to the Fiscal Affairs Committee by the Governor.