Romney wins Illinois Rep. Schock

Mitt Romney on Monday announced the support of Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock (R), an endorsement long coveted by the campaign.

“Mitt Romney has a record of cutting spending and keeping taxes low that needs to be replicated in Washington,” Schock said in a statement released by Romney’s campaign.

Romney reportedly has been courting Schock’s endorsement for several months, and might have won him over at the end of October during a visit to Capitol Hill that included a fundraiser with members of Congress, Schock among them.

Romney noted in the announcement that Schock is a “leader in the fight to reduce government spending.” Schock pledged in October to “not be quiet” once he signed on to a candidate. He is one of the youngest members of Congress and a rising star within the GOP.