No sooner had Donald Trump shocked the political world by winning the presidency than Texas Republicans turned to a new discussion: How much influence will the Lone Star State have in the next White House?
Throughout his campaign, Trump cultivated a number of loyal allies in Texas, making for no shortage of options as his transition team looks to staff the incoming administration.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who chaired Trump's efforts in the Lone Star State, said early Wednesday morning that he has already provided input on which Texans should work in Trump's Washington.
"I want to be sure that Texas has a big seat at the table, whether it's the energy sector, education sector, medical sector — obviously border security will be an issue," Patrick said in an interview. "So I think Texas will play a role."
Here are eight Texas Republicans who could help fill that table: