Will Donald Trump look to Arizonans to fill top posts in the White House?

Posted at 6:58 PM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-14 20:58:42-05

Several high-ranking Arizona Republicans are being mentioned as possible picks for Donald Trump's cabinet.

Former Gov. Jan Brewer's name is being floated for interior secretary.

"Having someone understand Western lands issues is incredibly important, so that would be a real honor, but it's also a huge sacrifice." HighGround president and CEO Chuck Coughlin said. Coughlin knows a thing or two about political transition teams. He headed Governor Brewer's in 2009.

Former Sen. Jon Kyl is being talked about as a possible defense secretary.

"Sen. Kyl is one of the most respected U.S. senators when he served," Coughlin said. "He had great background on natural resource issues, on military affairs issues, on foreign affairs issues."

Kyl told ABC15 to not believe the rumors. He said he is not interested in the job.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been rumored to be on the short list for homeland security secretary.  However, the sheriff is fresh off a failed reelection bid, and he still faces a criminal contempt of court charge.

"I think the most Joe Arpaio will be looking at it this administration for is a pardon; I don't think he's getting a job," Coughlin said.

A spokeswoman for Arpaio said he has no comment.

It's unclear what role Arizona Treasurer Jeff DeWit may play in the Trump administration. DeWit is the Trump campaign COO, and he has been splitting his time between Arizona and New York.

Former Gov. Janet Napolitano is the last Arizonan tapped for a cabinet post. She served as Homeland Security Secretary from 2009 to 2013.