– Amy Harder, “Senate Confirms Rick Perry as Energy Secretary,” The Wall Street Journal online, March 2, 2017
CABINET/ENERGY/TRUMP PEOPLE/RICK PERRY: “The Senate on Thursday [3-2-17] confirmed Rick Perry to be President Donald Trump’s energy secretary, putting the former Texas governor in charge of government research into new energy technologies and protecting the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal.
Mr. Perry, who was confirmed in a 62-37 vote, once said he wanted to eliminate the Energy Department. He later told lawmakers in his confirmation hearing in January that he now regrets that statement.
Mr. Perry, who governed the nation’s biggest energy-producing state for nearly 15 years, was one of only a few nominees of Mr. Trump’s administration who didn’t face an acrimonious confirmation process.”