Heitkamp is Trump's top choice for Agriculture secretary: report

Heitkamp is Trump's top choice for Agriculture secretary: report

Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampPro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA The Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Trump wins 60 percent approval in rural areas of key states MORE (D-N.D.) has emerged as President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE’s top choice for Agriculture secretary, Politico reported Saturday.

Heitkamp joining Trump's administration would require a special election to fill her Senate seat, which could flip to a Republican.

As The Hill reported Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — House Dems charge Trump with abuse, obstruction of Congress in impeachment articles Senate must take up Voting Rights Advancement Act without delay Krystal Ball: Is this how Bernie Sanders will break the establishment? MORE (R-Ky.) met with Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), an early Trump backer, to discuss a potential future in the upper chamber.


Cramer has said he plans to challenge Heitkamp in 2018. A bid to flip Heitkamp's seat red could increase the GOP's Senate majority.

A GOP source told the Hill that McConnell has been collaborating with the transition team.

“His message was 52 is a good number, but 53 or 54 is a lot better number. And the sooner the better,” the source said of the GOP’s majority in the Senate.

Trump has been considering Heitkamp for Agriculture or Energy secretary. The pair met earlier this month at Trump Tower in New York.