U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, on Friday called Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who is resigning later this year, a “very effective” energy secretary.
“Rick Perry has used his considerable executive and political skills to become a very effective energy secretary, solving some tough problems that saved taxpayers money and created more dollars that allowed record funding for national laboratories and supercomputing,” Alexander said in a brief statement. “He has served the country well.”
Perry, who has been secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy for more than two years, announced his resignation in a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday. The letter didn’t give a specific date for Perry’s resignation, except to say that he plans to “resign at a date later this year.”
On Twitter, Trump thanked Perry for the “outstanding job he has done,” and the president announced that he is nominating Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be the new energy secretary.
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