Former DNC chair endorses Sanders

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersClinton backs Georgia governor hopeful on eve of primary The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Frenzy over Kennedy retirement rumors | Trump challenges DOJ Bernie Sanders announces Senate reelection bid MORE landed the endorsement of former Sen. Paul Kirk (D-Mass.), a onetime Democratic National Committee chairman, on Thursday.

Kirk praised the Vermont senator's "outspoken and courageous leadership, his candid and consistent pledge of allegiance to that All-American ideal," at a press conference at Dartmouth University.

"I am proud to be here to join this 'untiring effort'; and, as a former chairman of the National Democratic Party, to endorse Bernie Sanders for our party’s nomination for President of the United States of America," he added.

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Kirk served the head of the DNC from 1985 to 1989 and was tapped to serve out the rest of Sen. Edward Kennedy's (D-Mass.) term after his death in 2009.

Having been a former head of the Democratic Party, he is eligible to vote for Sanders as a superdelegate at the Democratic nominating convention in July.

In the 2008 race, Kirk backed then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) over Hillary Clinton in the primary race.

This story was updated at 8:18 p.m.