Congressman Mike Bishop has endorsed Jeb Bush for the Republican presidential nomination, increasing the former Florida governor’s support among elected officials in Michigan.
Bishop, a first-term Rochester Republican, joins freshman U.S. Rep. Dave Trott, R-Birmingham, in backing Bush. Both lawmakers represent parts of Oakland County.
Five of Michigan’s nine GOP members of Congress have endorsed in the 14-candidate race.
Retiring Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, supported former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiornia after her appearance at the mid-September Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island that attracted five candidates.
Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, endorsed U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida in September.
Third-term Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, kicked off the endorsement process in May by supporting fellow libertarian-leaning U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Amash also had backed Paul’s father Ron during his runs for president.
Reps. Dan Benishek of Crystal Falls in the Upper Peninsula, Bill Huizenga of Zeeland and Tim Walberg of Tipton have yet to endorse in the GOP race. Michigan holds its 2016 presidential primary on March 8.