Trump Asks Sen. Jerry Moran To Be Agriculture Secretary


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President-elect Donald Trump is rumored to have asked Republican Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas to serve as secretary of agriculture, The Hill reported Friday.

An unnamed source close to the Republican senator said Trump contacted Moran this week, but he is still considering the offer.

Sen. Moran told The Daily Caller News Foundation that the reports were not accurate.

“While press reports indicate otherwise, I have not been offered the position of Secretary of Agriculture,” Moran told TheDCNF. “I have been given a great opportunity to continue serving Kansans in the United States Senate and that will be my full focus.”

Moran was elected to his second term in the Senate Nov. 8.  He currently serves as chairman of the agriculture subcommittee on the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Outgoing Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp is also angling for the cabinet post, and told  The Daily Caller Wednesday that he is getting ready to send his own resume to Trump’s Transition team. (RELATED: Huelskamp Throws Hat In For Post With Trump Admin)

Other potential picks for agriculture secretary include Former Republican Govs. Rick Perry of Texas, Dave Heineman of Nebraska, Sonny Perdue of Georgia, and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with Sen. Jerry Moran’s comments.

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