PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP announced Friday that he has found a replacement for Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who said this week he plans to resign even as his name surfaced in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into the president.
Trump said that Perry will step down later this year and that he will nominate DOE’s Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to take his place.
“I want to thank Secretary of Energy Rick Perry for the outstanding job he has done. He will be leaving at the end of the year to pursue other interests. Rick was a great Governor of Texas and a great Secretary of Energy….,” Trump said in a tweet.
“….He is also my friend! At the same time, I am pleased to nominate Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be the new Secretary of Energy. Dan’s experience in the sector is unparalleled. A total professional, I have no doubt that Dan will do a great job!” he continued.High-Profile White House TurnoverView All 40 Slides
The swift announcement of a nominee was notable, given the number of positions in the administration that have been filled by appointees serving in an acting capacity. Brouillette’s nomination did not immediately appear as if it would be politically contentious. He had a relatively smooth confirmation process, easily passing the Senate in a 79-17 confirmation vote to become deputy secretary in 2017.
Brouillette previously worked as the senior vice president and head of public policy for USAA Insurance Group. Before that, he was a vice president at Ford Motor Co. He also served in the George W. Bush administration as assistant secretary of energy for congressional and intergovernmental affairs.