House leader endorses Bush for president
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Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind), the Republican Policy Committee chairman and fifth-ranking member of the House, endorsed Jeb Bush for president on Friday, bolstering the former Florida governor’s Congressional endorsement lead over his GOP rivals.

“I’ve watched this primary carefully and believe Jeb Bush is uniquely qualified to lead our nation out of the morass created by the current administration,” Messer said in a statement.

Messer, one of the few elected members of House leadership to endorse in the presidential primary so far, lauded Bush’s policy proposals on taxes, energy and foreign policy and said his record of conservative accomplishments as governor of Florida is unmatched in the field.

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“Jeb’s record in Florida proves he’s a man of his word, a true conservative reformer who can change Washington and fix the big things that are broken with our federal government," Messer said. "I’m all in for Jeb, and think he would make a terrific Commander-in-Chief.”

With Messer in his corner, Bush now has endorsements from 25 members of the House, according to the FiveThirtyEight endorsement tracker.

That's more than double the next closest contender, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulConservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Senate approves 4B spending bill Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report MORE (R-Ky.), who counts 11 members of the House as supporters. Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioNikki Haley: New York Times ‘knew the facts’ about curtains and still released story March For Our Lives founder leaves group, says he regrets trying to 'embarrass' Rubio Rubio unloads on Turkish chef for 'feasting' Venezuela's Maduro: 'I got pissed' MORE (R-Fla.) has 10.

Bush is tied for the lead among Senate endorsements with Rubio. Both men have been endorsed by three members of the upper chamber.

Even as Bush has rebooted his struggling campaign, he has continued to land endorsements from influential members of the party, such as former Sens. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) and Judd Gregg (R-N.H.).

Bush is seeking to beat back a challenge from Rubio, his in-state rival with similar establishment appeal, who has been picking up steam in the endorsement primary, rolling out the support of three U.S. senators last week.

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), a member of leadership who is appointed to his position, also has endorsed Bush, while GOP Conference Vice Chairwoman Lynn Jenkins (R-Kansas) threw her support behind the only woman in the GOP primary, Carly Fiorina.