Former Republican Sen. David Durenberger (R-Minn.) has endorsed Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) for reelection, the first time the former lawmaker has backed a Democrat. 

"I have my own set of experiences of bringing people together," Durenberger said while announcing his backing of Walz at an event Tuesday. "I had the experience of watching Tim try to do it in the district, and if Tim Walz were a Republican, I'd be endorsing him anyway, but he's a Democrat."

Durenberger is a strong supporter of the recently enacted healthcare law and noted Walz's support for it in his endorsement. The former senator broke with his party publicly several years ago, saying that while he no longer supports the GOP, he doesn't consider himself a Democrat either.  

Walz faces Republican state Rep. Randy Demmer in the fall.