Noem: ‘No’ to Ag secretary; Reid: Heitkamp to keep spot in Senate
President-elect Donald Trump may have to search farther if he wants a female Agriculture secretary.
Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., announced Monday that she is not interested in the job, while Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he expects Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to stay in the Senate rather than accept a Cabinet post in the Trump administration.
New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters tweeted Monday afternoon that Noem was under consideration for Agriculture secretary and planning to travel to Trump Tower in New York this week for an interview.
But later in the day, the Rapid City Journal reported that a spokeswoman for Noem said that Noem had been contacted by the Trump administration but is not interested in the job.
The Noem spokeswoman said that, while it is “an honor to be considered by President-elect Trump to join his administration,” Noem is “convinced the best way for me to help President Trump succeed while also producing the greatest impact for South Dakota is to serve out my two-year term in the House of Representatives,” the Rapid City Journal said.
The Journal also noted that Noem was elected Nov. 8 to her fourth consecutive two-year term in the House and, on Nov. 14, announced that she intends to run for governor of South Dakota in 2018, when current Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a Republican, will be term-limited.
Meanwhile, Reid, in a CNN interview, said he did not think Heitkamp would leave the Senate but that he expects Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., wants a Cabinet post.
Of Heitkamp leaving the Senate, Reid said, “I don’t think she’d do that.”
But of Manchin, he said, “Joe Manchin is obviously running for a cabinet spot.”
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