Texas politicians look to Trump as he begins to fill White House staff
WASHINGTON – Texas helped deliver a win to president-elect Donald Trump and now many political analysts believe he'll tap the Lone Star state to fill many of the soon open positions in his administration.
"He loves Texas so I think we'll be at the table," said Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.
Patrick chaired Trump's campaign in Texas and says he's already sending the future president ideas about who could serve him at the White House.
Former Texas governor Rick Perry is one of those suggestions.
"He would be great helping veterans for example but wherever they would want him," Patrick said.
Austin congressman Michael McCaul is also on this list.
"He would be a great homeland security director maybe even attorney general."
Trump already mentioned Texas supreme court justice Don Willett as a possible nominee for the United States Supreme Court.
But one name Patrick isn't submitting, his own.
"I said to them from the beginning i have no interest in going to Washington that doesn't mean i'm not going to change my mind. if they were going to ask me to do something it's always very hard to turn down a request from the president or his team but i would respectfully do so," he said.
Mark Jones, of the Baker Institute at Rice University says putting Texans in his cabinet is a shrewd political move Trump must make.
"When you look at the Republican caucus in the U.S. House, the Texans represent the largest block and that's the group that Donald Trump's going to need on his side," Jones said.
Patrick said he is also submitting a list of Texans from the private sector to advise Trump on energy and economic issues.