A Tea Party-affiliated congressman has become the latest lawmaker to endorse Sen. Ted Cruz for the Republican nomination.
North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows announced Wednesday night on Fox News that he would throw his support behind Cruz's campaign and join the Texas senator's team in Iowa later this week.
"We are approaching a historic election that has the potential to fundamentally change our nation as we know it. Ted Cruz is the principled, conservative leader we need in the White House," Rep. Meadows told Greta Van Susteren. "On issue after issue, Cruz has told the truth and done what he said he was going to do."
Meadows, who represents the Tar Heel State's 11th District, is known for his move last July to boot then-House Speaker John Boehner from his leadership spot. The second-term congressman filed a motion against the speaker, escalating the battle between the Republican party's conservative and moderate divisions.
"You'd be hard-pressed to find a more principled conservative in the House than Mark Meadows," Cruz's campaign said in a statement following the announcement. "He has been a champion for limited government and has the battle scars to prove it."
Cruz has received 20 congressional endorsements, including those from conservative hawks Reps. Steve King of Iowa, Louie Gohmert of Texas and Mo Brooks of Alabama.