HOUSTON - Trump may tap Texans to join his administration.
A number of names are floating around, including Sen. Ted Cruz.
“Tuesday night was a mandate for change,” said Cruz before an appearance Thursday in Houston. Cruz said he’s committed to his current job, for now.
“It is an incredible privilege to represent the state of Texas,” said Cruz.
President-elect Trump met with President Obama at the White House Thursday while talk continued of Texans possibly joining his administration.
Cruz told KHOU 11 News he spoke with Trump on Wednesday. He would not say whether he would like to be a part of Trump’s cabinet.
“You know, my focus is helping to implement the policies,” said Cruz.
According to published reports, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has said he’s advising Trump’s team. However, he would decline any position in the administration.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is said to be a possible candidate for a federal job in the same field. An Instagram post by former Governor Rick Perry suggests he’s been in communication with Trump’s team too.
It read “just got the call to make America great again.”
“There are a lot of people here who have governing experience, something Donald Trump doesn’t have,” said KHOU political analyst Bob Stein of Rice University. “And were more than just prominent Trump supporters.”
Stein said any feuding during the primaries may be forgotten.
“Politics is about forgetting what happened yesterday and worrying about what’s happening now and in the future,” said Stein.
Right now, who knows what the future holds for some Texas politicians.
“I am eager to work with President-elect Trump,” said Sen. Cruz.
Names outside of Texas being mentioned for cabinet positions include Newt Gingrich, Rudy GIuliani, Chris Christie, and the CEO of JP Morgan Chase.