Congressman Tim Huelskamp is hoping to land a gig with the Trump Administration, according to the Daily Caller. He's expressed interest in Secretary of Agriculture.
Love Huelskamp, but I think this one is a long shot. There's another Kansan rumored to be interested in that gig--Gov. Sam Brownback. That also isn't assured. Some insiders think Brownback may be too toxic to land a cabinet position. I'm not sure I'm buying that story, but it's out there.
And I'll say this: Kansans in Washington ought to be going to bat for Brownback if there's any truth at all to the toxicity rumor and if Brownback wants a Trump Administration gig. Let's not forget how both U.S. Senators fell all over themselves to help former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius take over one-sixth of the U.S. economy. For those keeping score, that was then-Sen. Brownback and Sen. Pat Roberts. You'll recall both men went out of their way to say nice things about Sebelius and to pave the way for her confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Brownback deserves to have the same treatment from Kansans in Washington today--meaning they should be batting for their guy.
Literally every human who has ever seen a corn field is rumored to be on Trump's list for Ag Secretary. In addition to Brownback, rumored potentials include all million people on Trump's agricultural advisory committee: Roberts and Brownback are both on that lengthy list as is Jay Armstrong of the Kansas Wheat Commission. That trio is joined by Dave Heineman, former Nebraska Governor; Sonny Purdue, former Georgia Governor; Rick Perry, former Texas Governor; some ag donors and a lot of farm-types from Indiana, like the president of Indiana Farm Bureau, and the director of the Indiana Department of Agriculture.
Brownback's name is mentioned most frequently in the press, but if I were going to put money on it, I'd probably split my betting money between Brownback and Mike McCloskey, a guy who runs a massive dairy farming operation in Indiana.