It didn't take long for me to decide that Governor Mitt Romney is the best choice to be our next president.  That is why I am proud to be the first member of Congress to have endorsed him.

I know Mitt and his family well.  He grew up in Michigan in my district. His father was Governor of Michigan and a friend of mine.

He's a man who has created success in many ways.  Happily married to his high school sweetheart, he and his wife have five sons, all of whom are now married and working on their father's campaign.

In business, Mitt has succeeded as few have.  As a venture capitalist, he built and rescued companies including such household names as Domino's Pizza, Staples and the Sports Authority. He helped create jobs in America and made companies function more effectively & efficiently.

Like his father, always looking for a new challenge and opportunity to give back, he left a lucrative career to devote three years of his life to save an icon which had fallen into disrepair -- the Olympics.  He won international acclaim as the person who brought not only fiscal sanity but American pride back to the Olympics.  In so doing, he again earned the well deserved title of "leader."

Returning to his home in Massachusetts, he was again called upon, this time to public service.  He ran for governor and won as a Republican, defeating a once popular Democratic incumbent in the most liberal state in the country.  He reached across party lines and successfully worked with an 85% Democratic state legislature to eliminate a $3 billion dollar deficit while both cutting spending and lowering taxes.

What Governor Romney has accomplished with his family, in business, at the Olympics, and as a Governor is admirable.  What he will accomplish as President is an absolute necessity for our nation.  I will do whatever I can to ensure that on Inauguration Day, I will be welcoming President Romney to Washington.