Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, endorsed Arizona governor candidate Matt Salmon for being a “proven conservative” on Wednesday. “I’m proud to stand with my friend and proven conservative, Matt Salmon,” Cruz sad in a statement. “As governor, Matt will make the safety and security of all Arizonans his top priority.

He will fight to protect Arizona from the Biden Administration’s socialist policies. And Matt will continue the work, which started when he was in Congress, to defend Arizona from all threats, including those increasingly from foreign and state actors, while standing unapologetically on conservative principle. I ask fellow conservatives in Arizona to join me in supporting Matt’s campaign for governor.”

Salmon has represented Arizona in two separate stints in Congress, the first from 1995 to 2001 and the second from 2013 to 2017, according to Ballotpedia. Salmon was the Republican nominee for Arizona governor in 2002 but lost to Democrat Janet Napolitano. He is currently a lobbyist for Arizona State University, according to the Arizona Mirror.

“Senator Cruz is a conservative stalwart who has always put America first. His pursuit of freedom and opportunity is only matched by his fidelity to the Constitution,” Salmon said in a statement, “I’m honored and thankful for his endorsement.”