As Barack Obama prepares to assume office on Jan. 20, he certainly could change the political landscape in at least a half dozen states if he reaches out to pick certain governors to fill cabinet positions.
For example, Obama has already named Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano – a U.S. attorney under President Clinton – to his transition team. Given that she is term limited in 2010 in a traditionally Republican state, it is likely that she will accept an appointment with Obama.
Two other female governors, Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas and Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, also could find themselves in an Obama administration as he perhaps tries to bring more diversity to his cabinet. Both governors are also term limited in 2010.
Other possible Obama appointees include New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Pennsylvania’s Ed Rendell, both of whom helped to deliver their states for Obama. Less obvious possibilities may be Brad Henry of Oklahoma and Jim Doyle of Wisconsin. All are term limited in 2010.
Last Wednesday, NAMIC published a review of the outcomes of important state office elections. The review can be found at NAMIC Online.
Posted: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 12:00:00 AM. Modified: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 1:42:18 PM.
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