Heidi Heitkamp Signals She's Staying In The U.S. Senate

Manuel Balce Ceneta

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) surprised colleagues earlier this month when she went to meet with President-elect Donald Trump about a potential cabinet appointment.

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.

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