President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) as his vice president-elect, ending a long-running campaign for the White House that was beset by missteps.
Santorum, who has been the subject of multiple investigations by Congress over allegations of sexual misconduct, has drawn criticism for his past positions on social issues, including his support for abortion rights.
He is the third choice of the Trump transition team, and is expected to meet with the president-Elect in the Oval Office Thursday.
“The VP pick is not a bad choice.
The choice has been a major factor in his popularity, especially with conservative voters, who are already looking forward to the new administration,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement.
The pick comes after Trump announced his plans to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
Pruitt has faced a series of controversies over alleged missteps, including reports of plagiarism and inappropriate language used by his writings and speeches.
“We have a very diverse Cabinet and are excited about the fact that we are bringing a progressive, compassionate person into this administration,” Miller said.
The vice president nominee is expected take office later this week.