GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4)– Colorado Congressman Ken Buck has thrown his support behind fellow Republican Ted Cruz for president.

Buck, a Republican representing Northern Colorado, announced his endorsement on Wednesday. He will also serve as the Colorado chairman for Cruz’s campaign.

Weld County Republican Ken Buck acceptance speech in Colorado's 4th Congressional District in November 2014 (credit: CBS)

Weld County Republican Ken Buck acceptance speech in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District in November 2014
(credit: CBS)

“We need a strong, conservative leader in the White House,” said Buck in a statement. “Ted Cruz is that leader. He has consistently and passionately fought hard against the Washington establishment in order to restore the power back to the American people. We need Ted in 2016 in order to help restore America back to the principles that made this country exceptional.”

In turn, Cruz offered some supporting words in his choice of Buck to lead his campaign in Colorado.

“Ken has been a champion for conservative principles during his time in Congress,” said Cruz. “He has stood up and fought against Obama’s lawlessness, worked to protect life and marriage and to repeal Obamacare. Ken is a tireless leader and has served the people of Colorado well. I am thrilled to have his support and look forward to working together to bring conservatives together to win the White House in 2016.”

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