Independent Sen. Angus King says he will continue caucusing with Democrats, even though Republicans have taken control of the Senate.

King announced his decision to reporters Wednesday outside his home in Brunswick, Maine.

The former Maine governor was elected in 2012 to replace Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, a prominent centrist who complained about Washington's partisan gridlock in stepping down.

King said back then that he briefly considered not aligning with either party. He decided against that after realizing he could be shut out of committee assignments, where much legislative work gets done.

The former Democrat says he has kept his independence despite caucusing with a party.