LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Former Republican Congressman Larry J. Hopkins has endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for the Republican nomination for president.
Hopkins, who represented Kentucky's 6th District from 1979 to 1993, made his endorsement announcement in a statement Thursday. He said he can speak with confidence about "electing a president that will lead and know how to work with both the House of Representatives and the Senate."
Hopkins was in the state House and Senate before going to Congress. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1991.
Kasich and Hopkins served in Congress together and Hopkins said he knows Kasich "up close and personal" and "probably better than 99 percent of those making political judgments based solely on media reports, interviews and debates."
The letter said that Hopkins served in Congress with Kasich on the House Armed Services Committee and the "all-important" House Budget Committee.
"Under his leadership they 'balanced the budget' in the mid-1990s when a Democrat, Bill Clinton, was the President. John and I traveled together overseas many times including a meaningful and informative trip to the Soviet Union, and I was always impressed by John's knowledge and grace under pressure."
The statement also pointed to Kasich's two terms as Ohio's governor.
"Yes, I know John Kasich," Hopkins wrote in closing, "He is my friend and I am proud to support him. But, more importantly for this country, he is ready to lead now."