OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is the leading candidate for Secretary of the Interior for President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, according to a new report.
Three sources close to Trump’s transition team told POLITICO that Fallin is emerging as a leading contender for interior secretary.
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Fallin met with Trump in New York last week to discuss a possible position in his administration.
She said that during that meeting, she talked at length about Oklahoma’s economy, the oil and gas industry and the 39 federally recognized Native American tribes in the state.
According to the Associated Press, when asked about her qualifications as head of the Interior Department, Fallin cited her experience dealing with the state’s Native American tribes and the 12 years she spent on the governing board of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, among other things.
She was recently named a vice chair to Trump’s transition team.
It is not clear whether her position on Trump’s transition team will improve her chances of becoming interior secretary.