CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Rep. Cynthia Lummis is endorsing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The Romney campaign announced Monday that Lummis will be chairman of Romney's campaign in Wyoming.

Lummis is quoted in a news release by the Romney campaign that she believes Romney's experience as both a chief executive and conservative businessman makes him highly qualified to lead our nation at this time.

Lummis says she looks forward to bringing Romney's conservative message of fiscal responsibility to Wyoming voters.

The endorsement by Lummis is important for Romney because Lummis embraces many tea party ideals. Other GOP presidential candidates, such as Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain, have been more identified with the tea party movement.