Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor endorsed Jeb Bush for president Thursday evening.
“Governor Bush is a true conservative leader with a long-term vision for this country and the practical know-how to implement it,” Cantor said in a statement.
This gives the Bush camp a backer with strong ties to the business community who may be able to marshall significant cash and corporate support for the former Florida governor.
Cantor will be a Virginia state co-chair of the campaign, according to Politico, which first reported the story. Cantor is appearing with Bush at a Thursday evening fundraiser in Richmond and then will campaign with him in Norfolk on Friday.
Cantor, who like Bush is a card-carrying member of the Republican establishment, was unexpectedly trounced in the 2014 GOP primary by conservative David Brat, who went on to win Cantor’s seat in the general election.
This story first appeared on LifeZette.