Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was on Hillary Clinton’s shortlist for two cabinet positions, including treasury secretary and commerce secretary, Axios cofounder Mike Allen reported on Tuesday.
It’s unclear if there were formal discussions between Clinton’s camp and Sandberg about filling either position, but Politico also reported in September that Sandberg was considering leaving Facebook to serve as treasury secretary if Clinton won.
Sandberg has said that she has no plans to leave Facebook for a role in government. She served as chief of staff for treasury secretary Lawrence Summers before working at Google and then Facebook.
“I’m staying at Facebook,” she said in response to a question about joining a potential Clinton administration in October.
Sandberg publicly endorsed Clinton in June 2016 alongside over 50 prominent business leaders. Leaked emails from the summer of 2015 between her and Clinton campaign chief John Podesta show a friendly relationship, including Sandberg inviting Podesta to Facebook headquarters and telling Podesta that she wants Clinton to “win badly.”
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