WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is on the short list to succeed James Comey as FBI director, according to a White House official.

Cornyn is one of about 11 contenders for the post, according to Fox News.

He also has strong relationships with members of his conference and would likely sail through confirmation. Prior to his election to the Senate in 2002, Cornyn served as Texas attorney general, a Texas Supreme Court justice and a local judge.

In the immediate aftermath of Comey's firing, Cornyn did not take the opportunity to lobby for the position.

"I'm happy serving my state and my country," he told reporters off the Senate floor.

But that comment came Wednesday, which was a lifetime ago in a dramatic week in Washington.

Such an appointment would put Cornyn in one of the most contentious positions in the U.S. government. President Donald Trump, who would be making that appointment, spent Friday morning declaring political war on Comey via Twitter.

Read the full article on The Texas Tribune's website here.