House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI01) announced on the Jay Weber Show on WISN on Monday his endorsement of Bryan Steil as his potential replacement as the Representative in Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district.

“What I see in him is a very smart, committed conservative,” Ryan said. “He’s going to be effective. He’s an optimistic problem solver and I think he’s exactly the kind of person that will do a great job representing the 1st congressional district.”

Ryan also explained why it was important for him to endorse a candidate now rather than wait for the August primary.

“Given the fact that Obama’s Organization for America is targeting this district, I really think it’s important that we unify so we can win this district,” Ryan said.

Steil is a former staff member for Ryan. He is currently General Counsel at Charter NEX Films and a member of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.

In addition to Ryan, Steil also announced endorsements from Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI05), Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI07) and Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI06) on Monday.

“Bryan Steil has the intellect, vision, community involvement, and grassroots credentials to be an independent and effective leader in Congress,” Sensenbrenner said in a statement Monday. “That is why I endorse his candidacy in the Republican primary for Wisconsin’s First Congressional District.”

Duffy posted on Twitter that he was looking forward to Steil joining him in Congress.

Steil was also endorsed by former RNC Chairman and former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Thursday on the Jay Weber show.