Rick Perry

Former Gov. Perry Questions Legitimacy Of Texas A&M Student Body Election

Mar 23, 2017
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Editor's note: This story has been updated with comment from a Texas A&M University administrator.

Former Gov. Rick Perry, now the U.S. energy secretary, is questioning the legitimacy of the election that gave his alma mater its first openly gay student body president

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s Senate confirmation as U.S. Energy secretary is getting positive reviews from Texas Republicans, but environmentalists from his home state say the appointment is a mixed bag.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is now the 14th U.S. Secretary of Energy, despite having once pledged to eliminate the Department of Energy.

Or at least, he tried to pledge to eliminate the department — including once when he couldn't think of its name.

Perry was confirmed Thursday by the Senate in a 62-37 vote.

Former Gov. Rick Perry faces a confirmation vote in the Senate on Tuesday for his nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Energy. Among all the questions Perry’s appointment has raised, one that’s gotten little scrutiny is what it might mean for natural gas prices.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a confirmation hearing Thursday to become the next secretary of the energy department, which Perry, in a 2012 Republican presidential debate, blanked at remembering was one of the three federal agencies he’d pledged to abolish.

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