It is unclear if James is Trump's top pick to replace Haley, but GOP insiders are urging him to consider more runs for office if he is not picked as the next UN Ambassador.
President Donald Trump is considering Michigan businessman John James, who lost a November election to U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, to replace United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, according to two people familiar with the matter.
James, a Republican from Farmington Hills, tried to unseat Stabenow, a Lansing Democrat, in a traditional Democratic presidential state that helped Trump win the presidency in 2016. He lost to the incumbent senator 46 to 52 percent, making it a closer race than polls initially suggested.
The Trump administration is considering putting a person without ambassador's experience into the job, a source said. James has never been an ambassador, but a source said a person with ambassador's experience would likely be his deputy if he is chosen.
The White House did not immediately respond Monday afternoon to requests for comment. A call to James' office was not immediately returned.