GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) — Donald Trump declared victory early Wednesday morning, accepting the presidency after what was an unexpected night where Wisconsin ended up playing a key role in his win.
Trump has been president-elect for less than one day, but already there is talk about who will serve on his cabinet.
Governor Scott Walker said on WTMJ radio Wednesday morning both President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence have hinted at thim join their team.
Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch said that is not surprising after Walker’s success with Wisconsin Act 10, his record of fiscal decision, and his run for the presidency.
“I think he was tremendously popular with the American electorate and he left that race with very high favorables,” Lt. Kleefisch said.
Walker said instead of a spot in Trump’s cabinet, he plans on becoming the chair of the Republican Governors Association next week and will serve his full second term as governor.
He said he will decide whether he wants to run for a third term next year.
“I told Donald, I told my friend Mike Pence, I can best serve a republican administration by being the head of that governors association and helping ensure that the governors, the House, the Senate, and the president work together,” said Gov. Walker.
This would not be the first time a Wisconsin governor has been called to serve on a cabinet.
Former Governor Tommy Thompson left governorship to serve as the Secretary of Health and Human Services after George W. Bush was elected.
“Not every governor gets the opportunity to serve in the federal cabinet and that’s an awesome responsibility,” Thompson said.
Thompson said that decision comes down to the position offered and is a decision only Walker and his family can make.
“If he wants my advice I’ll tell him the pros and cons of being a secretary and also the pros and cons of leaving the governorship to become a member of the cabinet,” said Thompson.
“I love being governor. I’m going to finish out my term,” said Walker. “If I choose to run again, I’m going to run and run for governor alone and not any other office in the future.”