Rick Perry

Rick Perry, Trump's Energy Secretary Pick, To Divest Of Multiple Holdings

Jan 11, 2017
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune

Former Gov. Rick Perry, who saw a financial windfall in the private sector thanks in part to wealthy donors he cultivated while in state office, has begun to disentangle himself from assets and consulting relationships that could present a conflict of interest as U.S. energy secretary. 

Updated 7:51 a.m. ET Dec. 14 with official announcement of Perry's nomination.

It's a good thing former Texas Gov. Rick Perry once forgot he wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy, because President-elect Donald Trump is nominating him to lead the agency.

From the Texas Tribune:

President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly selected erstwhile rival and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to serve as his energy secretary.

If confirmed, Perry will oversee American energy policy and its ramifications on the economy, environment and national security.

Perry To Meet With Trump Again Amid Energy Secretary Rumors

Dec 12, 2016
Gage Skidmore / Moritz Hager

 

Former Gov. Rick Perry is meeting with President-elect Donald Trump again as speculation picks up that he could lead the Department of Energy. 

Ryan E. Poppe / Texas Public Radio

Texas’ longest serving governor and former state agriculture commissioner Rick Perry has announced he has been contacted by Donald Trump’s presidential transition team for a possible role in the administration.  

Perry on Twitter made the announcement saying that he had been contacted by the Trump transition team Wednesday morning.  Perry did not reference what role he was contacted for but did say, “Just got the call from Trump team, saddle up and ride.”  But Gene Hall with the Texas Farm Bureau says Perry would make a great addition as Trump agriculture secretary.

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