On December 14, Congressmember Paul Mitchell of Michigan’s 10th district told the Clerk of the U.S. House to switch his partisan affiliation in the Congressional Directory from Republican to independent. Michigan doesn’t have registration by party, so there is no other method for anyone to announce party membership or independent status than to say so publicly.
Mitchell was elected for the first time in 2016, and was re-elected in 2018, but did not run in 2020, so he has less than a month in office. He represents the “thumb” of the Michigan “hand”, the area north of Detroit that extends into Lake Huron. Thanks to Political Wire for this news.