CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Chris Walters, the newly elected Republican to the state Senate, is ready to cooperate.
Walters is one of just nine Republicans in the 34-member state Senate. But he isn't worried about working with members of the Democratic majority.
Bipartisanship is how he conducts his home life.
When he married his 25-year-old wife Liz in 2011, it brought together two families that normally don't hang out in the same political circles.
Chris Walters, 26, is the son of longtime Kanawha County Republican Delegate Ron Walters. Elizabeth Walters was originally Elizabeth Spencer - daughter of former Kanawha County Democratic Delegate Sharon Spencer.
"Most people have split households when it comes to Marshall and WVU," Chris said. "Ours is Republican-Democrat."
It's like a Romeo and Juliet tale in many ways - though this pair of lovebirds from opposing houses enjoys a much happier fate.
Both went to college at West Virginia University, and they met by chance one night on High Street in Morgantown. Chris asked Liz on a first date - complete with a dinner he cooked himself - and they were soon an item.
Even though they were both children of Kanawha County legislators - in fact, Liz was born during her mother's second term in the House of Delegates - the two had never met until that night in Morgantown.
That's against the odds, since both political progenies spent so much time at the Statehouse early in their lives, including stints as pages - the young runners who deliver materials and messages within the Capital complex.
"We should have met a million other times," Liz said. "We all were a page once."
So how did Mom react when she found out the family tree gaining a Republican branch?
"Surprised," Liz said. "She was happy for me because I was so happy and in love."
Both say the get-togethers with the in-laws are entertaining, to say the least.
"Thanksgiving is the greatest holiday of the year," Chris said. "We have fun with each other."
The dynamic was more entertaining when, two years ago, Chris and Liz had their daughter Aubrey. Both Ron Walters and Liz's father Gary started lobbying efforts to get baby Aubrey on their side of the aisle.
Before she was born, Gary already had Aubrey registered with the West Virginia Federation of Democratic Women.