Wisconsin State Sen. Tim Cullen, who was one of the 14 “fleebaggers” who left the state in 2011 to preclude a vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s financial reform efforts, has said in an email he will leave the Democratic caucus and become an independent.

In an email to Senate colleagues with the subject “Response to Committee Assignments,” Cullen wrote, “Sen. [Mark] Miller has made clear that he does not value or need my presence in Senate Committee leadership and, quite obviously, in the Senate Democratic Caucus.”

Democrats recently took control of Wisconsin’s Sentate by a 17–16 majority after a recall election last month.