White House jobs: Georgians who could get gigs with Donald Trump

Donald Trump filled out his Cabinet just before he was sworn-in as president, but he still hasn’t appointed hundreds of other powerful positions in his administration. And many of his earliest supporters and most prominent allies in Georgia are in the running.

Here’s a rundown of which Georgians have already earned jobs in the Trump White House – and which ones are likely to work for his administration. Let us know if we’re missing anyone from the list.

Already in the Trump White House:

Georgia Rep. Tom Price. The Roswell Republican was selected in November as Trump’s health secretary, and a U.S. Senate vote on his nomination is expected soon after two confirmation hearings. The race to succeed him is already well underway.

 

 

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue. A day before his inauguration, Trump formally announced that Perdue was his pick for agriculture secretary. The 70-year-old Republican is a blank slate to many in the U.S. Senate, and the battle over his confirmation could fall along regional lines as well as partisan ones.

 

 

Stefan Passantino. The veteran Republican attorney and head of Dentons law practice will lead the ethics office in Trump’s White House. He’ll be charged with trying to minimize Trump’s potential conflicts of interest – no easy task for a businessman whose companies have global ties.

In the running for Trump roles:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. One of Gingrich’s most vocal surrogates during the GOP primary, Gingrich was a contender for Trump’s vice president and, later, his Secretary of State before pulling himself out of the running. He has no formal role with the Trump White House, although he has pressed the president to make him a “senior planner” who will target wasteful spending.

Former Rep. Jack Kingston. The Savannah Republican gave Trump some establishment cred during the campaign, appearing countless times on cable TV defending the GOP nominee. Now a globe-trotting lobbyist – he was spotted in Russia in December – he has visited Trump Tower twice to talk with the president over a potential role.

Bruce Levell: As the leader of Trump’s National Diversity Coalition, the Dunwoody jeweler traveled the nation stumping for the president and was a go-to surrogate for him on the airwaves. Although he was briefly mentioned as a contender to lead the Small Business Administration, Levell seems more likely to run for Congress as a Trump acolyte.

Nick Ayers. He made his mark early as Sonny Perdue’s campaign manager for his 2006 re-election bid as a twenty-something. Now he’s a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence – and was a contender to lead the Republican National Committee – who helped shepherd his old boss to a Cabinet nomination. Ayers was offered a West Wing job after the election, but we are told he declined it to stay in Georgia. Expect him to remain as Pence’s most senior outside adviser.

Brian Jack. The sixth-generation Georgian – a graduate of Woodward Academy – was Trump’s national delegate director in charge of wrangling his supporters ahead of the GOP convention. He then was assigned to help oversee Trump’s general election efforts in Georgia, Florida and other hot-spots. Look for him to get a primo gig.

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