Moderate Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who was being considered by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as the secretary of agriculture, is expected to keep her seat in the upper chamber a bit longer.
While she hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility, she hinted it was unlikely she would serve in Trump’s cabinet during a radio interview with KFGO.
“I’m not saying ‘never never,’ but I will tell you that I’m very, very honored to serve the people of North Dakota and I hope that no matter what I do, that will always be,” she said.
Heitkamp met with Trump earlier in December, fueling rumors she might join the administration, but she said she is happy with her current role in the Senate.
“The job that I have right now is incredibly challenging. I love it,” she continued. “These are ongoing discussions but also I will tell you that my first love is serving the people of North Dakota.”
The position of the secretary of the Department of Agriculture is one of the two cabinet positions Trump still has to fill.
Heitkamp will face a difficult race in 2018, when she is up for re-election.
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