(CNN) - Republican Rep. Darrell Issa endorsed Mitt Romney for president Thursday, the candidate announced in a press release.
The six-term California congressman, who serves as a top critic of the Obama administration as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Romney will put the economy "on the right track again."
"The country would be well served to have someone who knows how the economy works and has worked in the private sector," Issa said in a statement. "President Obama never worked in the real economy – we can't afford to have another president who has spent his career outside the real economy."
Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, said he looks forward to working with Issa as he campaigns in California and works to "bring jobs back to the state and strengthen the American economy."