But in a recent interview with Fargo-based KFGO radio, Heitkamp said she is likely to stay in the U.S. Senate.
“I am not saying never never, but I will tell you I'm very very honored to serve the people of North Dakota," Heitkamp said.
When pressed further if she would stay in the Senate, Heitkamp said, " I think it is likely that is going to be the outcome from all of this, yes.”
Heitkamp had been rumored to be under consideration for secretary of Energy, a post that ultimately went to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). She also was being looked at for a position as the secretary of the Interior, a position that went to Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT).
Heitkamp faces a tough re-election battle in 2018 as she runs for a second term in a solidly red state where Trump won 64 percent of the vote.