In one of his first major staffing decisions, Sen.-elect Ted Cruz has named Chip Roy as his chief of staff.

Roy is an attorney. He worked as a senior advisor on Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign. Before that, Perry appointed him as director of State-Federal Relations.

In an email statement today, Cruz said:

“Chip brings an incredible range of talents to the table. His experience in the U.S. Senate combined with his years of service as a federal prosecutor and work in state government, campaigns and the private sector make him uniquely qualified to serve Texas in this role. Moreover, he is a proud Texan and a principled movement conservative who was an early supporter of my campaign. I have known him for years and I am grateful to him and his family for agreeing to join me in this important job.”

Gov. Perry also weighed in on Cruz’s choice. He issued a statements saying:

“Senator-elect Cruz’s selection of Chip is great news for Texas. While I will miss his trusted counsel and consistent voice for liberty, he will take that much needed voice to Washington and serve Ted and our great state well.”