Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney picked up the support of another Michigan congressman today.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, endorsed Romney, saying he’s the “conservative candidate Michigan needs.”
“As a small business owner, I know that Michigan and our country needs a president who will empower entrepreneurs to create jobs and grow the economy,” Huizenga said in a statement. Huizenga, in his first term in Congress, is a former state representative and owner of Huizenga Gravel Co.
Huizenga joins fellow Republican Reps. Thad McCotter of Livonia, Dave Camp of Midland and Mike Rogers of Brighton in supporting Romney, who grew up in Michigan as the son of the former governor, George.
Romney has the most Capitol Hill endorsements of any GOP candidate at 62 sitting members of Congress supporting him, compared to Rick Perry’s 14 and Newt Gingrich’s eight, according to Roll Call’s 2012 endorsement watch.
Of the nine GOP members of Michigan’s congressional delegation, U.S. Reps. Fred Upton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Tim Walberg of Tipton have yet to endorse.
Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, was an early supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Freshman Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, is an avid Rep. Ron Paul backer, both congressmen often bucking their party when voting. Another freshman Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, supported businessman Herman Cain before allegations of sexual misconduct derailed his campaign.