Trump snags third House committee chair endorsement

Donald Trump won the endorsement of House Administration Committee Chairwoman Candice Miller one day after becoming the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

Miller, a Michigan Republican, is the second female lawmaker and third committee chair to endorse Trump.

”I believe in the good sense of the American people, the voters, and the voters of the Republican party, and they have overwhelmingly spoken. I am totally and completely looking forward to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE. As our presumptive nominee, I am confident in his candidacy and give him my full support,” Miller said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Her endorsement comes after two other House committee chairmen, Transportation's Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), publicly backed Trump last week. 

Even before Trump’s last two GOP rivals, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzViral video shows O’Rourke air-drumming to the Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’ after Cruz debate Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate NY Times, McCabe give Trump perfect cover to fire Rosenstein, Sessions MORE (Texas) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, dropped out of the race after the real estate mogul’s victory in the Indiana primary on Tuesday, Miller was already coming around to the presumptive nominee.

Miller, who previously endorsed Carly Fiorina for president, indicated during an interview with The Hill last week that she was getting behind Trump. Her remarks came a day after Cruz chose Fiorina as his running mate.

“I think Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee, and I absolutely believe he’s going to be the president. And I’ve just come to that in the last couple days,” she said last Thursday.

During that interview, Miller joined other female Republicans who expressed enthusiasm for the idea that Trump should choose a female running mate.

"I think it’d be great if he would consider a woman," she said. Miller offered New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez as one possibility, although the nation's first female Hispanic governor has criticized Trump.

Miller was the only House committee chairwoman in the current session of Congress until former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBlue wave poses governing risks for Dems Nancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker MORE (R-Ohio) appointed Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump questions Kavanaugh accuser's account | Accuser may testify Thursday | Midterm blame game begins The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh, accuser say they’re prepared to testify The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly MORE (R-Tenn.) to chair the select panel investigating abortion practices late last year.

Miller is retiring from Congress at the end of this year but is running for Macomb County public works commissioner.

Miller is now the 13th Capitol Hill Republican to endorse Trump, along with Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump distances himself from Rosenstein by saying Sessions hired him Gowdy: Declassified documents unlikely to change anyone's mind on Russia investigation Pompeo on Rosenstein bombshell: Maybe you just ought to find something else to do if you can't be on the team MORE (Ala.) and Reps. Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James BarlettaPoll: Democrats hold big leads in Pennsylvania Senate, governor races Obama to hit campaign trail in Pa. for gubernatorial, Senate candidates Poll: Pennsylvania Democrats surging with double-digit leads MORE (Pa.), Kevin Cramer (N.D.), Chris Collins (N.Y.), Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.), Renee Ellmers (N.C.), Duncan Hunter (Calif.), Tom Marino (Pa.), Tom Reed (N.Y.), Jimmy Duncan (Tenn.), Jeff Miller and Shuster.