Marsha Blackburn tapped for Donald Trump presidential transition team

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is a member of the team assisting with the transition of President-elect Donald Trump.

The Trump team announced those assisting with the transition Friday afternoon, including Blackburn as a member of the "presidential transition team executive committee."

“The mission of our team will be clear: put together the most highly qualified group of successful leaders who will be able to implement our change agenda in Washington. Together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding this nation — specifically jobs, security and opportunity," Trump said in the news release.

Blackburn has been an outspoken supporter of Trump for months, regularly appearing on national television as a Trump surrogate in the days leading up the election. She also spoke at the Republican National Committee.

There was already speculation Blackburn may end up with an administration position given her support. It's likely some members of the transition team — which includes ex-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani — will end up with either cabinet positions or other senior advisory posts.

Former Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty is director of presidential appointments for Trump. There's also talk U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a finalist for Trump's vice presidential pick this summer, could be in the running to become secretary of state.

It's unclear when the appointments will be announced, but Trump has hinted they will come soon.

Reach Dave Boucher at 615-259-8892 and on Twitter @Dave_Boucher1. 


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