Joe Barton, a Republican from Texas, has officially endorsed Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Barton’s endorsement was first reported by Axios on Thursday morning.
Barrett, a member of the House Republican leadership, has been a staunch critic of Trump’s views on race, immigration and gun control.
In January, he said the real estate mogul is unfit to be president.
Bartles campaign said in a statement that he believes Trump is the best person to help the country move forward and that his support is an expression of support for the Republican Party.
“In addition to being a proven leader, he has demonstrated the ability to reach across party lines to find common ground with conservatives and moderates across the country,” the statement read.
“As a Republican, I have long believed that Donald Trump is not only the best candidate to get the job done for the country, he is the right person to do so.”
Barton, who was a member on the House Judiciary Committee during the 2016 campaign, was one of the first elected officials to endorse Trump.
The Texas Republican has previously called Trump a racist, sexist and misogynist.
Basset, who served on the Judiciary Committee, also endorsed Trump in January, saying he would work to find the best path forward to ensure America “works for everyone.”
Bassett, who is running in the Democratic primary, is a former U.K. ambassador to the U.N.
Ambassador Basset was not immediately available for comment.