Sarah Palin, Governor Chris Christie, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, defeated Republican rival Ben Carson and a slew of private sector executives are among the contenders for top positions in Donald Trump’s cabinet.
A list of 41 candidates compiled by the President-elect’s transition team has been obtained by Buzzfeed News, covering 13 departments that will make up his powerful cabinet.
Ms Palin, the former Alaska Governor who unsuccessfully ran as Vice President in 2008, is one of seven possibilities for Secretary of the Interior, including governors Jan Brewer and Mary Fallin, Venture capitalist Robert Grady, oil executive Forrest Lucas and entrepreneur Harold Hamm.
Mr Christie, the New Jersey Governor damaged by the “Bridgegate” scandal, is in contention for the positions of attorney General and Secretary of Commerce, while Newt Gingrich could be made Secretary of State.
Mr Guiliani is up for Attorney General while Dr Carson, who bowed out of the Republican nomination race earlier this year, is listed for the education and health briefs.
A hotly-tipped option for Secretary of Defence is Mike Flynn, a retired general and former head of the Defence Intelligence Agency, who has been Mr Trump’s chief defence policy adviser during the campaign.
The list, which is not final, includes several high-profile figures from the energy and banking industries, following Mr Trump’s anti-“politician” rhetoric during his campaign.
Among them are oil, gas and steel executives, a venture capitalist, bankers, investors and financiers from the private sector.
Several of the candidates were praised by Mr Trump in his victory speech on Wednesday, including possible Attorney General, Defence Secretary, or Office of Management or Budget director Jess Sessions.
Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman listed as the sole candidate for Chief of Staff, was also named, with Mr Trump calling him “a very special person”.
“We have got tremendously talented people up here, I want to tell you, it’s been very, very special,” said the President-elect.
He was due to meet Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday to stop the formal process of transition ahead of his inauguration in January.
The contenders for Mr Trump’s cabinet
Attorney General: Gov Chris Christie, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Sen Jeff Sessions, Former Mayor Rudy Guiliani
Secretary of Commerce: Gov Chris Christie, Former Nucor CEO Dan DiMicco, Businessman Lew Eisenberg, Former Gov Mike Huckabee, Sen David Purdue, Former Sen Jim Talent
Agriculture Secretary: Gov Sam Brownback, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives CEO Chuck Conner, Gov Dave Heineman, Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller, Former Georgia Gov Sonny Perdue
Secretary of Education: Ben Carson, Hoover Institution fellow William Evers
Secretary of Energy: Venture Capitalist Robert Grady, Businessman Harold Hamm
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Former New Jersey state Sen Rich Bagger, Ben Carson, Newt Gingrich, Gov Rick Scott
Secretary of Homeland Security: Gov Chris Christie, Sheriff David Clarke
Secretary of the Interior: Gov Jan Brewer, Gov Mary Fallin, Venture Capitalist Robert Grady,Businessman Harold Hamm, Oil Executive Forrest Lucas, Rep Cynthia Lummis, Former Gov Sarah Palin
Secretary of Defense: Former Gen Mike Flynn, Stephen Hadley, Rep Duncan Hunter Jr, Sen Jeff Sessions, Former Sen Jim Talent
Secretary of State: John Bolton, Sen Bob Corker, Newt Gingrich
Treasury Secretary: Rep Jeb Hensarling, Businessman Carl Icahn, Banker Steven Mnuchin
Chief of Staff: Reince Priebus
Director of Office of Management and Budget: Sen Jeff Sessions
Secretary of Labor: EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic
Veterans Affairs: Rep Jeff Miller
White House Counsel: Donald McGahn