Despite their contentious history, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has joined other statewide officials in Texas in endorsing Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.

Cornyn had previously expressed interest in a “new direction,” saying he liked candidates like South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.

After Trump’s victory Tuesday night over South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in the New Hampshire primary election, Cornyn said he had “seen enough.”

“To beat Biden, Republicans need to unite around a single candidate, and it’s clear that President Trump is Republican voters’ choice,” said Cornyn. “Four more years of failed domestic policies like the Biden Border Crisis and record-high inflation, and failed foreign policies that have emboldened our adversaries and made the world a more dangerous place, must be stopped.”

He went on to say he was proud of the accomplishments during Trump’s first term “including the confirmation of 234 federal judges, including three members of the United States Supreme Court; passing historic tax reform, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; unleashing our energy potential; and ushering in the best economy for all Americans in my lifetime.”

Cornyn’s endorsement comes despite a turbulent history between the two.

While Trump endorsed Cornyn for re-election in 2020, he has trained his fire on him in recent years.

In 2022, Trump called Cornyn a “RINO” (Republican in Name Only) for his role in advancing gun control legislation in the Senate.

In 2023, Trump compared Cornyn to U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney (R–UT) in a social media post, asking “Who is a worse Senator, John ‘The Stiff’ Cornyn of Texas, or Mitt ‘The Loser’  Romney of Massachusetts (Utah?)? They are both weak, ineffective, and very bad for the Republican Party, and our Nation.”

He went on to say Cornyn was “always quick to surrender to Dems.”

Still, Cornyn says he will work to elect a Republican Senate majority and President Trump in 2024. 

Cornyn is just the latest statewide official in Texas to endorse Trump. Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz offered his endorsement following the Iowa caucus, joining Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham, and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens