Gov. Jim Gibbons' campaign Tuesday announced that his re-election has been endorsed by former congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich.
Vucanovich, a Republican, was the first woman elected to Congress from Nevada. She served from 1983 through 1994.
"Governor Jim Gibbons has demonstrated exceptional leadership during his military service, his private sector life, and his political career," Vucanovich said. "These unprecedented economic times require an experienced leader like Gov. Jim Gibbons."
Gibbons said he was proud to receive her endorsement for his re-election bid.
"Her values and mine are parallel on many important issues and I intend to keep fighting so families and businesses can thrive and prosper in Nevada," he said.
"I encourage all Nevadans who want proven courage and leadership to support Gov. Gibbons any way they can," Vucanovich said.
She said she is planning a fundraiser for Gibbons in January.
Hers is the first major endorsement Gibbons has received for his re-election bid.