Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioColbert: Students taking action on gun violence 'give me hope' Lawmakers feel pressure on guns Florida lawmaker's aide fired after claiming shooting survivors were 'actors' MORE on Tuesday officially won the endorsement of Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand GOP lawmakers: Obama admin ‘hastily’ wrote lead ammunition ban MORE, the chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, as the two hit the stump together in Iowa.

“It’s not my job to tell you who to vote for, but I’m going to tell you who I’m going to vote for,” the South Carolina congressman said while introducing Rubio at a town hall event.

“I’m going to vote for Marco Rubio, and I'll tell you why. National security and public safety are the most important issues to me and there is nobody better on those two issues than Marco Rubio.”

He immediately chided President Obama, who has filled out his NCAA basketball bracket on ESPN each year of his presidency.

"Our Founding Fathers did not give us a commander-in-chief to fill out March Madness basketball brackets, or to sample every golf coast on the Eastern seaboard," Gowdy said.

"The most precious things in my life are my wife and two children, and I trust Marco Rubio to lead a country safely that has [the] most precious things in my life in it."

Gowdy's support could be crucial in South Carolina — the third nominating state — and could bolster Rubio’s credentials with the party's base, even as rival Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE (R-Texas) takes shots at his conservative credentials.

Gowdy noted his role as the chairman of a House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration as he lauded Rubio's commitment to border security in light of the recent spat with Cruz.

"If I were not convinced that Marco Rubio was the person to ensure border security, interior security, and employment security, I wouldn't be wasting your time," he said.

And Gowdy joked that he knew Rubio is a true fiscal conservative after he gave him a campaign tie for Christmas.

“The wrapping paper cost more than the tie,” Gowdy joked.

Over the weekend, TownHall.com first reported that Gowdy would endorse Rubio as he hit a three-day swing in Iowa with the White House hopeful, but Tuesday marked the official confirmation of that report. The announcement was supposed to come during an event Monday, but the campaign cancelled it due to severe weather in Iowa.

Gowdy has earned praise from conservatives for his work on the committee, but drawn the ire of Democrats who believe the panel is targeting Democratic frontrunner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE ahead of 2016. A Rubio staffer introducing Gowdy noted that his investigation is "exposing the incompetency of not only the Obama administration, but Sec. of State Hillary Clinton."

Soon after the town hall ended, Gowdy hit Rubio's supporters with an email soliciting donations.

This story was updated at 3:28 p.m.