House Speaker Pro Tempore Joel Robideaux jumps off the political fence and announces he's joining the Republican Party.

Robideaux made the announcement today after a private meeting with Governor Bobby Jindal. He's been an Independent his entire political life, but he says that anyone who questions his conservative principles need only look at his voting record.

(photo by Louisiana House of Representatives)

Robideaux has twice received the Guardian of Small Business award, the only one to receive the award more than once. He has served in the Louisiana House since 2004, sitting on several committees. He was elected to Speaker Pro Tempore in 2010.