DALLAS – As the surprise settles in, Texans are taking a closer look at how a Trump administration will affect this state.
In January, when Republicans control the presidency, the House and Senate, is it time to begin the conversation on immigration reform?
"I think you're going to see finally a president who will work with both parties but particularly Republicans to pass a sound legal immigration reform,” said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, in an interview with WFAA.
The lieutenant governor chaired Trump’s Texas campaign.
Despite Trump’s victory on Tuesday, Patrick said there are no plans to pull DPS troopers off the border which would save Texas taxpayers almost a $1 billion.
“Not yet,” he said. “We increased funding last year as I campaigned on from $250 million to $800 million. We did that. It's made a difference. But we can't secure the border by ourselves and shouldn't have to spend that kind of money but until they get ramped up and secure the border we need to be vigilant.”
How long will that take?
“I don't know Jason but it's going to be one of his top priorities," added Patrick.
With Mexico as this state’s biggest trading partner, Patrick said he did not think Trump’s rhetoric would jeopardize that trade relationship.
“No remember he's a business guy. He just wants fair deals and good deals with our trading partners. Mexico is very important to Texas and very important to the United States. It will work itself out,” said Patrick.
Wednesday, former Gov. Rick Perry posted to Instagram and sparked speculation he might be tapped for the Trump White House.
"Just got a call to make America great again. Saddle up and ride bro," wrote Perry.
A spokesman for the former Texas governor did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
"Serving as a cabinet secretary would be a great way for him to end his career particularly in an area where he has a great passion. I think Commerce, Energy, Veteran's Affairs would all be really good fits,” explained Matt Mackowiak, a Republican consultant who runs Potomac Strategy Group.
He dismissed Sid Miller as a potential appointee saying the Texas Agriculture Commissioner is too controversial.
“The [agriculture] community in Texas is pretty bothered with him right now. He obviously was a loyal Trump supporter but has been very controversial. There's lots of questions about how he's run the ag department at the state level. Not sure he could get confirmed. I don't know. To me it's not all that realistic,” said Mackowiak.
Last week, Miller Tweeted out the C-word, a derogatory four-letter term describing women, when referring to Clinton. He said a staff member mistakenly did it while copying and pasting the words from someone he follows. The Tweet was taken down minutes later.
Mackowiak said Congressman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee might be a possibility for Trump’s transition team.
"To me, going to the Trump cabinet closes off some pathways that he may want to continue to explore. He's exploring maybe challenging Ted Cruz in a primary. He may want to run for Texas Attorney General now or in the medium term depending on what happens," said Mackowiak.
"He would obviously be a very credible Homeland Security Secretary and I think if that's a job he wanted I think that's a job he could get. Another possibility for McCaul though I think less likely is attorney general. He was a deputy attorney general in Texas under General Cornyn. He was a terrorism prosecutor. He's a credible attorney general. My guess is there will be bigger names like Rudy Guiliani," explained Mackowiak.
Trump’s inauguration is 71 days away.
In the coming weeks, Republicans said, expect a number of high-profile appointments by the president-elect including his chief of staff, the secretary of state, secretary of defense and attorney general.