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Former Rep. Bob Beauprez, R-Colo., is interested in being President-elect Trump's first secretary of the interior. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Former Colorado congressman Bob Beauprez is in the running to become the Trump administration’s first secretary of the Interior.

Bob Beauprez, who has been a candidate for governor in Colorado, is the latest name to come onto the Trump transition team list to lead the Interior Department next year.

Beauprez told the Denver Post Tuesday afternoon that he is being considered for the post, and that he would “love to do it if given the opportunity.” He is an avid rancher and farmer, and said he would bring a real love of the land to the job.

“I’ve always thought farmers and ranchers were the original conservationists and it’s that kind of attitude and respect for environment that I would want to take to the office,” he said.

Beauprez said he discussed his interest with Trump’s transition team, but has not met with Trump himself.

Other candidates being vetted for the job include Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who met Monday with Trump.

Beauprez was defeated in the 2014 gubernatorial race against incumbent Democrat John Hickenlooper.

He was being considered for a post under Mitt Romney if the former Republican presidential nominee had won in his race against incumbent President Barack Obama four years ago.

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